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Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to team up in Miami

Jul 7, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for wade_bosh.jpgDwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will team up in Miami to form the core of a team that could contend for a title.

It has looked like things were leaning that way for several days, and the pair went on ESPN Wednesday and confirmed the news.

The pair can sign the deals as soon as tomorrow.

Wade can sign a six-year, $120 million deal for signing with his home team. Bosh wants that same deal but needs Toronto to agree to a sign-and-trade with the Heat. The two sides have discussed this, according to our own Ira Winderman. However, no word of a trade deal has come out yet.

Even if Toronto does not cooperate, Bosh will still sign in Miami, he said. Without the sign-and-trade, he can only sign a five-year deal that will be worth more than $20 million less over the course of the contract. But he would still be in the five year, $100 million range. Which doesn’t suck.

This move blindsided Toronto, according to Winderman. Frankly, that doesn’t speak well of Toronto, many news outlets (this one included) had been saying this is possible if not likely for days now. Everyone else saw this coming.

Could LeBron James join them? Maybe, and more and more rumors are swirling that things are leaning that way.

There had been questions about whether he would want to — while that team with three superstars would be a potential powerhouse, would James be happy going to Wade’s city and Wade’s team for a third of the credit?

However, more and more rumors are swirling that it could come together. Winderman said that as of 10 a.m. Eastern Wednesday, this was still up in the air. In addition, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo tweeted that a team official who pitched LeBron is saying it is down to Cleveland and Miami.

His announcement will come Thursday night in a one-hour television special on ESPN.

To do this, Miami would have to get help from Toronto to have the cap space. In a sign-and-trade deal Toronto would have to take on Michael Beasley and his $5 million a year deal and nothing else to make cap room for the Heat.

If Toronto wants to rebuild without Bosh, they may be better off just taking back picks and gaining the massive trade exception that would come their way.

Winderman (writing for the Sun Sentinel) tweeted this, making it sound like Toronto wants some kind of deal:

Sun Sentinel learned Toronto began having concerns of Bosh signing outright on Tuesday.

Either way, the slashing game of Dwyane Wade paired with the inside game of Chris Bosh gives Miami the best core since Shaquille O’Neal teamed up with Wade. Bosh may even be a better fit with Wade because of the diversity of his game — he can score from the post and has several other spots on the floor, he is one of the best in the league as the big man on the 
pick-and-roll but can also hit the mid-range jumper so you have to respect the pick-and-pop. He’s a good rebounder.

The next question for the Heat is how to build a contender around them. They have almost nobody else on that roster and have many decisions to make around who to put around the duo (and who they can afford to put around them) but the Heat have the core of a championship team again.

  1. geo59 - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Hi Kris, Thanks for the reply. Your comments are thoughtful and very important. I too was a teenager in the 60′s and I love MLB, the NFL and especially, the NBA. But I wouldn’t say that the guys in these leagues are my heroes. My heroes come from other arenas, like science, music, art, politics, and academia. Still, I admire the great athletes of our lifetime. I think that often they don’t ask to be heroes. They just start playing their game as kids, discover that they are great at it, and then get sucked into the profit-making machine which is professional sports, circa, USA.
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    I agree that it is expensive to buy a ticket for a game. And I admit that every time I see another billion-dollar sports facility thrown up in 12 months I ask myself “why couldn’t that be new public schools, new community centers, road repair, bridge repair, etc.?”. But the point I was trying to make in my reply to Phil’s comment, which really seems to have forced this thread in a political direction, was that focusing on professional sports, with respect to being “ripped off”, is missing the real truth. We’re really getting ripped off by the utility companies, the oil companies, the cable companies, Wall street (mortgages, credit cards), and the IRS/Congress/war machine. You may buy an expensive ticket to a game a couple of times a year. But these other guys get us every day, every month.
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    So I don’t agree with the idea of begrudging professional athletes their salaries. The athletes “are” the leagues. Without the athletes there is no NBA, NFL, MLB. So they should get lion’s share of the money made. I never here anybody complaining about the billionaire corporate owners’ salaries. Of course not. They belong to the corporate ruling class, the oil barons, the war machine monarchs, etc. We don’t complain about the trillions these guys make because we are good capitalism-sheep. Instead we focus on the few pro athletes, some of whom are those inner-city kids (see above) who have managed to get a piece of the pie.
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    Let’s be fair. Thousands of people are injured or killed by drunk drivers every year. 99% of these drivers go unnoticed. It’s only because of their celebrity that the occasional pro athlete gets noticed. Athletes are no more prone to drunk driving than the rest of the population.

  2. Scum Bucket - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Joanne… agreed… They broke up the Bulls… and Stern will never let them forget it, by hammering them so many fouls it’s ridiculous. Case, Rondo busts Brad Miller right across the face and no one says anything about it, Bulls Lose… period. But I can’t complain, not sure how great MJ would have been had he not pushed so many players away from him with quite obvious force.

  3. Professor - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    totally agree,we are sitting waiting to hear where LeBron is going as if tat is important…it isn’t. Shows how crazy our society has become, teachers get laid off, schools get closed but basketball players get $100 million..what’s wrong with this picture.

  4. Bosh - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    if you dont care, why the hell are you reading this?

  5. BraduhLee D - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    It’s part of the North American Continent. So technically, you’re both correct. :)

  6. geo59 - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Sorry for going off on the political tangent. It’s Phillip’s fault. Back to basketball. If this article is correct and Bosh is going to join Wade in Miami, then Lebron has the following choices: 1) Stay in Cleveland and play with the same team as last year. Boozer, who will be the last max-like player left if Bosh goes to Miami, will not re-sign with Cleveland after what happen in 04. So Cleveland will not get much better. 2)Sign with Chicago and play with Rose, who needs the ball, and Noah, a very good young player. Maybe get Boozer to play with them. 3) Sign with the Nets, get Boozer, and play with Carlos, Lopez, and maybe Harris, if the Nets can afford to keep him. 4) Go to the Knicks and play with Amare, (who’s better than Bosh), McGrady, and who ever else the Knicks can get. 5) Go to Miami and try to mesh with both Wade and Bosh. All of these options, except Cleveland, involve less money. But Cleveland is the least likely place for Lebron to get deeper into the playoffs. I say, go and play with the Knicks in NYC. Amare is better than Bosh and the Knicks are in the biggest market in the world. No-brainer.

  7. chas - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Wasn’t it just a few years ago professional ball players were crying about callusion (sp) where the owners were getting together and trying to control the sports that they owned? And everyone was up in arms about it!!
    Aren’t the players now doing the same thing? Weren’t there reports that kid (I ain’t got no edumacation) James was talking with a couple of other free agents about working out a deal where they would all end up on the same team? And that’s ok!?
    NOBODY can afford to go to a basketball game now unless your name is Trump or Lee or Nickleson! See how many games you are going to be able to go to in a couple of years if this continues! $20 million dollars a year for one player? They miss more shots than they make!

  8. Waco Maco - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    I think all three should go to MARS, and the hell with the NBA. Give the 300 million to the schools and teachers and the unemployed. Our society should has a warped sense of values. I would be willing to bet that less tahn 3 % of professional basketball players have ever served in our Armed Forces.

  9. 7charlie - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    I totally agree with you. We are completely out of sinc when we pay these guys this kind of money while everyone else is hurting.

  10. Taterwheel - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Actually, upon further reflection, I owe you an apology. I see that the “Yo Knicks” guy first made a ridiculously bigoted statement and you responded with a fairly factual; response. In the end, it is true that Blacks really can’t do much other than play sports and commit crimes. I apologize for jumping the gun and posting my response against you prior top thinking about it.
    As they say in “the hood”: My bad.

  11. that guy - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    hmmmmmmm….not so very subtle hints of racism in your comments “Especially to people who routinely skip and drop out of school… AKA; inner-city kids. I know they only drop out and skip and do drugs because they don’t have the money of the suburbia schools. Even though I must admit all inner-city kids aren’t black, but most are minority.
    …..and people like you make America better? smh
    Let’s get back to the topic at hand please.

  12. Jay - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    If Bosh goes to Miami which I said he would and I was Miami I wouldnt even want Lebron. With all of that remaining money they can trade and sign veteran players and make a serious run for the East this year. And quite possibly win a championship next season. If they can sign a Carlos Boozer and/or a Ray Allen, a Derek Fisher, I believe Jordan Farmer is being let go, maybe even Allen Iverson, maybe sign T-mac if he can humble himself and come off the bench. There’s Matt Barnes, Richard Jefferson, Josh Howard. The Heat can sign some real talent and make themselves a dangerous dangerous team especially since they are in the East which is the somewhat second tier conference. But I’m not optimistic that those guys would humble their egos and their wallets for infamy in terms of being a champion but you never know. Because I sure wouldnt mind another Game 7 finals.

  13. jason - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    dude awesome

  14. Dave - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    WELL SAID PHILLIP!!!

  15. vinnide64 - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    WOW this subject has gone so many ways, Political, social, athletical, rational, unrational, and racial…But we can truly x out most them cus this has nothing do with blacks that rape and steal,all races have their criminals! it’s not political cus Congress cain’t filibuster it! rational and unrational comes from us and some of this has gotten REALLY NASTY! We are giving our opinions on three guys who will make money combined than the city budget of Tulsa, AND LETS BE REAL! some of this is greed not loyalty. How many of these guys are gonna go hungry or be forclosed on soon, or ever have to worry about being laid off. Heck! we can live on their endorsements alone. Yet they want 100′s of millions of dollars to play a game! a game! Most of us will work 12 months with a two week vacation and weekends just to make $35,000.00 a year, lebron makes $10,000,000.00 just to drink gatoraide. Ask yourselves is it smart anymore to buy NBA or NFL or MLB jerseys with names on the back of them? the name on the jersey today is on another tomorrow, and I know there are a lot of you as I who are wearing a jersey of someone who doesn’t play for that team anymore..com’on give it up for that one. Suggestion: Stick to THROWBACKS! How many guys now-days stay with a team? Magic did! Bird did! Worthy did! Thomas did! money has ruin sports and LOYALTY! the old NFL guys played with one team, baseball as well,
    but now it’s follow the money. They get what they get and hey we can say what we want, but the bottom line is this too…as long as we pack out the arena’s we stuff up their wallets. I used to love the NBA when it was about diggin deep and outplayin the other team but it has gotten so showman like all the fancy dribbling, and that in-da-face slam dunk, and there are those who even use the fixed word from time to time. I don’t really buy into that but we need to see this for what is! a sport that is paid for by the people and the athletes who reap the gold from it. Bosh to Miami or even Lebron with them doesn’t mean an instant title, does anyone remember in a galaxy not so long ago when it was….. KOBE, SHAQ, MALONE, and PAYTON? this was a regular season version of the dream team but they didn’t even make the western conference finals so who’s to say this will work???? to many EGOES can derail a championship run so however this thing works out I hope it ends SOON! (ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!)and they need to stop callin Lebron..KING JAMES! kings are conquerers and Lebron hasn’t conquered !@*$ cus if greatness is measured on championships KOBE HAS FIVE!!!!!!!LEBRON HAS 0!!! so what kingdon has he ruled accept the one in Cleveland. And a one hour show to let us know.. what is this the HEISMAN SHOW!

  16. DCLAKERFAN - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    JOANNE.. I AM GOING TO SAY THIS AS DELICATELY AS POSSIBLE SO YOU MAY UNDERSTAND IT SEEING AS YOU ARE INTELLIGENTLY CHALLENGD..SIMPLE ADDITION/SUBTRACTION IF YOU ARE UP BY 13 POINTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND THEN MISS 12 OF YOUR NEXT 14 SHOTS LAYUPS INCLUDED AND THE OTHER TEAM MAKES 10 OF 12 YOU LOSE NO MATTER WHAT THE FREE THROW ADVANTAGE FOR GAME IS..SO IF YOUR STATEMENT IS BASED ON FREETHROW ADVANTAGE FOR THE GAME YOU ARE INCORRECT. MAKE YOUR SHOTS/WIN THE GAME!!!NOW FOR REALITY CHECK…BOSCH AND WADE WILL MAKE CONTENDERS OUT OF THE HEAT BUT YOU WILL NEED SUPPORTING PLAYERS TO MAKE A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM I.E. LAKERS CELTICS SPURS.. THEY STILL HAVE A WAYS TO GO BUT ARE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION..AND JOANNE KEEP HOPE ALIVE ONE DAY YOU MAY GET IT!

  17. DCLAKERFAN - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    JOANNE.. I AM GOING TO SAY THIS AS DELICATELY AS POSSIBLE SO YOU MAY UNDERSTAND IT SEEING AS YOU ARE INTELLIGENTLY CHALLENGD..SIMPLE ADDITION/SUBTRACTION IF YOU ARE UP BY 13 POINTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND THEN MISS 12 OF YOUR NEXT 14 SHOTS LAYUPS INCLUDED AND THE OTHER TEAM MAKES 10 OF 12 YOU LOSE NO MATTER WHAT THE FREE THROW ADVANTAGE FOR GAME IS..SO IF YOUR STATEMENT IS BASED ON FREETHROW ADVANTAGE FOR THE GAME YOU ARE INCORRECT. MAKE YOUR SHOTS/WIN THE GAME!!!NOW FOR REALITY CHECK…BOSCH AND WADE WILL MAKE CONTENDERS OUT OF THE HEAT BUT YOU WILL NEED SUPPORTING PLAYERS TO MAKE A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM I.E. LAKERS CELTICS SPURS.. THEY STILL HAVE A WAYS TO GO BUT ARE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION..AND JOANNE KEEP HOPE ALIVE ONE DAY YOU MAY GET IT!
    HATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Tim - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Who cares if all three of them go to miami.LeBron is a big baby and does not care if he wins he just want the money.So again who cares where they go you still have to beat kobe and the lakers.

  19. chad - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    lol dude he said NORTH AMERICA not the United States of America. So he was right about Toronto…North America

  20. STORYBURNcom - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    LeBron should apologize at the top of the program for being an ass

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