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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. John J Pileggi - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    The universe would be in order if Wade goes back to Miami, LeBron stays in Cleveland and Bosh worked out a sign and trade with Toronto and went somewhere to Cleveland as well. Cleveland has not had a champion in many years. LeBron is a native son and it would be a wonderful thing for a nice American community of he, with Bosh’s assistance, were able to deliver on the promise.

  2. ctdad - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Who Cares….

  3. hnirobert - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Pat Riley once again trumps the Knicks. Love it.

  4. Jim - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    This leaves the Knicks as the most likely destination for the King!!!

  5. c digennaro - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    what does that “nice American community” nonsense mean?….Miami is not a “nice American Community”?…how about New York and Chicago? Toronto is also a nice North American community….I happen to like the city of Cleveland but they are not nicer nor more American than the other cities recruiting these players…Also, I hope the order of the universe is not contingent on the N.B.A. free agent signing period…

  6. mike - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    i agree with “who cares”. But i am here , so i must care. If James wants to win , and they say he does , then he is not staying in Cleveland.I think going to Miami , with Wade and Bosh would be something to see.

  7. Philip Wayne - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    MOST OF US COULD CARE LESS ABOUT JAMES, BOSH OR WADE. WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY AT A TIME WHEN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY. HOW ABOUT GIVING SOME OF THAT MONEY TO THE TEACHERS AND INNER CITY YOUTH THAT HAVE NO HOPE. ALL FOR BOUNCING A BALL AND SHOOTING IT. SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE AND SOCIETY.

  8. in FLORIDA - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    the only time you’ll see Bosh in Cleveland is when his new team flies in to play against the Cavs. throughout the entire free agent signing period, the one constant that has never wavered was Bosh’s insistence that he will NOT end up there. I’m a Chicago fan and was hoping Wade and Bosh would end up with the Bulls. can’t wait to see what their dysfunctional management team pulls off, now that those two are apparently off the table. LeBron’s staying in Cleveland. his conscious will not let him leave his hometown in the kind of disarray his leaving would create. unfortunately, he’ll also never be able to attract someone of Bosh’s caliber to live and play there.

  9. Fack The NBA - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    A bunch of overpaid egotistical shytheads,. Fack the NBA.

  10. KnoxTime - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Don’t see how this gets Miami a title without LBJ…
    Kobe+Pau > Wade+Bosh
    Lakers supporting cast >>>>>>>> Miami’s supporting cast
    If the big 3 return to Boston, they are probably still better than Miami now as well

  11. Phil Jules - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    @ John, you do realize that Toronto is in Canada right? SMH

  12. Ken - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    If LeBron goes to the Knicks, will he become Le’Bron (like Amar’e)…they could make billions doing Evian and La Yogurt ads…

  13. Lillian - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Amen, Philip, amen

  14. JA - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    If Wade and Bosh go to the Heat, LeBron will be either stuck in Chicago or Cleveland by himself or go to the Knicks with Amare. If he goes to the knicks with Amare then I don’t think that would qualify as Riley trumping the Knicks. Bosh/Wade in Miami to Amare/LeBron in NY. You figure out who got the better deal.

  15. 8ball - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    shut up clown, so why are you reading and commenting?

  16. achilles - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    what a circus this has become with all the speculation and non- stop media.. KIng james?? King of what?? cleveland?? no other sport has resigned itself to this ego nonsense.. have lost all respect for all three of them!!!

  17. John J Pileggi - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    @Phil Jules
    Yes, I do realize that Toronto is in Canada. And what does that have to do with what I wrote you ignorant piece of fvck for brains? Where in my comment do I say anything that even resembles an indication that I do not know that Toronto is in Canada. Maybe if you stopped staring at little boy’s crotches, you would have read my comment before you posted an asinine response to it.

  18. Mike - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    “In a sign-and-trade deal Miami would have to take on Mario Chalmers and/or Michael Beasley?” Kurt, I know you mean Toronto, but your stuff is way too good to not take five minutes to proofread before posting.

  19. tuuluuwag - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    BLINDSIDED Toronto?
    Since when????? We have known his intentions of leaving Toronto in a Sign and Trade deal for over a month. You cannot tell me that Bryan Colangelo knew nothing of it…
    Worst report I have read in a while Kurt.

  20. Smith - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Don’t forget we are living with capitalists. Don’t expect all these.
    If you are capable demand more.

  21. browns001 - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Racist!

  22. browns001 - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Racist!

  23. Bill - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Missing the days of Magic and Bird…

  24. hnirobert - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Getting Bosh doesn’t guarantee a championship but puts them in the right direction, with at least being able to make it to the second or Conference Finals. There’s talk now of them doing a trade with the Trailblazers for Andre Miller and Rudy for Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers. Josh Howard’s out there as well, as is Brendan Haywood.
    NEVER DISCREDIT THE POWER OF PAT!

  25. geo59 - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Dear Phillip, You are not quite accurate when you say “Most of us could care less…”. Because the “us” here refers to those of “us” that are following the NBA free agent process. Yeah, we know that the NBA players make a lot of money. And we know that many of the players do a lot to try to give back to the community. We know that basketball is just a game. But let’s be real. The total finances of the NBA is just a few billion dollars. Wouldn’t your comment: “What a waste of money at a time when people are suffering all over this country…” be much more appropriate on a thread related to an article about the state of the Iraq or Afghanistan occupations? We’ve spent a couple of trillion dollars in these phony “war” efforts, which are really designed to funnel American tax-payer money into the coffers of the military-industrial complex. That’s trillion, as opposed to billion. Bottom line is that this thread is about basketball, and most of us that are here understand the game’s place in the overall scheme of things. If you’re not interested in basketball…go elsewhere!

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