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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. bonnie - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    who cares

  2. Bob - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    John J Pileggi:
    What. Are. You. Talking. About?
    Cleveland? This article is about Wade and Bosh heading to Miami. To play for the Heat. Not Cleveland. Take your meds. It’s as if you can’t even read.
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    Phillip Wayne:
    Stop. Yelling.
    What? Do you think this is some sort of high school writing assignment, and you’re going to get an ‘A’ for sticking up for the teacher? Bud, this discussion has been had millions of times. The result everytime? When teachers can bring in tens of thousands of a fans per night, call me. Otherwise, it’s business as usual.
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    Fack The NBA:
    Let me guess – you like MLB – where the only thing more bloated than the contracts are the players’ guts. Kudos, you’re a real thinker, I’m sure. Your name is probably ‘Cletus’, and your wife is your sister. Congrats to the happy couple!

  3. Walter Sobchak - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    NBA players get paid a lot because the business they work in generates a lot of revenue, and they have a talent that very few people in the world possess. James, Wade and Bosh are three of top 10 players living on this planet, and as long as there are people willing to line up to pay over $100 to see them play and millions watching on TV, they will be able to demand a share of that revenue. In James case, he could probably get two or three times what he is being offered if there were no salary limits. That’s because he is a once in a generation talent. Whatever team gets him will see their ticket sales increase, their merchandise sales increase, and their television revenue increase. They will then employ more people selling tickets, merchandise, and concessions, more parking attendants, more everything. The economic impact of a LeBron James is vast. He gets paid vast sums because of this. If he wants to give it all away to inner city youth, he is free to do that.
    Inner city teachers do a noble job. Their job takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance. But the reality is, there are tens of thousands of people teaching in inner city schools right now and there are probably at least a million people in the country with the abilities to do that job if they wanted to put in the time to get the credentials. There is nobody alive who can do what LeBron James can do. I don’t know anybody willing to spend a hundred bucks to sit in an inner city classroom for two hours, but when LeBron comes to my area, I’ll shell out what it takes to see him play…if I can even get a ticket.

  4. kris johnson - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    James has been in the league seven years, has had a team built around him with an all star power forward in Jameson, an over the hill allstar in Shaq, a servicable big man in Ilgauskis, younger players like Hickson, and West and he could not win the championship.
    Wade has been a fine player, has won a championship, and is well loved in Miami. Maybe moving to Chicago would settle some family issues, after his divorce. But, he is making a mockery of this decision making process. The fans deserve better than to wonder if the guy they have supported is going to leave them for another team.
    Bosh, I just dont know. Is he a superstar or just a good supporting player? Were talking 100-120 million dollars here. The fans have a hard time getting money to see a game, and these players are like sheiks.
    Teams are decimating their rosters to sign these and other turncoats. It makes team that do not join in the frenzy look cheap. All of this is crazy. Build your team the old fashioned way. Smart pickups and drafting. Do not let the inmates run the asylum. A team of Bosh, James, and Wade would never work. Too much ego, and money. Could you imagine a coach telling them they were not playing the right way. He would be gone in an instant, leaving three egomaniacs.

  5. randy - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Much of the free agency hype was a waste of time. Wade and Bosh are more focused on producing a video about their “experience” as a way to earn more money. Think of it as another form of reality tv. James never had serious intentions about leaving Cleveland. His “personal brand” is all about being the hometown boy. He’s comfortable being worshipped by adoring Ohio fans “witnessing” his kingliness or whatever. His extended posse with their deep Akron roots are another anchor. It’s going to be fun to see the competition between the Cavs, Heat, and Celtics next season. Interesting to see what these teams do to add more pieces over the next few weeks. Celtics will likely fade in the playoffs to younger athletic teams. The big winner in all of this is the Lakers who still have the best mix of talent, the top coach and what appears to be an improving bench with the signing of Blake. Kobe is already obsessing about proving he’s the league’s top closer after an untypical game 7 finish. He also sees the possibility of another title to equal MJ.

  6. George - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Oh your right, why not give everyone’s money away. 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. Tell that to the kids in Afghanistan that literally go to school in shacks with no running water or food. The difference between those kids and American kids is it’s a privilege to go to school and they appreciate the opportunity. In America it is a “right”, yeah find that in the constitution, and they are forced to go even when the idiots don’t want to. I hope this country flushes the rest of the way down the toilet. it’s already in it. The day will come soon my friends when all will be right-ed. When the people with their hands out will be cast aside and the age of entitlement will end. Long live the person who studies and works their butt off to get where they are. For they shall inherent everything!!!

  7. Some Guy - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Philip Wayne you are a communist.

  8. greg - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    ha ha ha . the heat suck they need bosh just to compete in the playoffs look how easily the celtics rolled over them.

  9. Eric - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    normally I wouldn’t comment on the NBA but I thought I’d share a few, I know you’re all eagerly waiting lol….that was sarcasm, anyways a lot of you come off as jealous and moronic, however with that said I must agree with a simple statement, who really does care? I understand this becoming a media circus is to market the sport and that this country is based on capitalism, but a lot of decent people are suffering right now….people who are frustrated by a system that is broken, the last thing they want to see is a guy smiling about to get paid a 100 million dollars he doesn’t even appreciate to play a game when these same people can’t even find a job to pay their mortgage….the NBA and the people who run it have never seemed in touch with the common man, although I will say this, the finals were actually better than they have been in quite some time……but what do I know, I’m just a common man…….

  10. kris johnson - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    geo59 and Walter Sobchak – I understand your comments. I lived sports since I was a teenager back in the 60′s and have admired athletes as heros. Today I enjoy the sport and competition. I also agree that although they generate income, it is not free money. It comes at the expense of the fans. It is a seller market. Musical performers are cancelling concerts due to fans not purchasing tickets. The same thing can happen to sports. What would be wrong with boycotting some of these sports in order to bring down ticket prices. Outrageous stadiums and complexes might last longer than they do now if they didn’t have billions of the fans dollars buying them new mansions every 10-15 years. Pick most any sport and you see the ripping off of the fan. Baseball pays A-Rod $250 million, and he cheats the game with steroids. Sprewell chokes his coach and is welcomed back. Arenas challenges a teammate to a duel in the clubhouse and nothing can be done. Athletes are killing pedestrians driving drunk. The fans pay them so much their head swell. Give the game back to the fans, and take the money away from the owners, who are complicit in the steroid abuse – It puts fans in the seats when records are broken. I love the sport, but not the whores that run them, play them, or the agents that influence them.

  11. chrisjIII - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    If they can play professional basketball then they are welcome, I’m sure.

  12. kris johnson - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    geo59 and Walter Sobchak – I understand your comments. I lived sports since I was a teenager back in the 60′s and have admired athletes as heros. Today I enjoy the sport and competition. I also agree that although they generate income, it is not free money. It comes at the expense of the fans. It is a seller market. Musical performers are cancelling concerts due to fans not purchasing tickets. The same thing can happen to sports. What would be wrong with boycotting some of these sports in order to bring down ticket prices. Outrageous stadiums and complexes might last longer than they do now if they didn’t have billions of the fans dollars buying them new mansions every 10-15 years. Pick most any sport and you see the ripping off of the fan. Baseball pays A-Rod $250 million, and he cheats the game with steroids. Sprewell chokes his coach and is welcomed back. Arenas challenges a teammate to a duel in the clubhouse and nothing can be done. Athletes are killing pedestrians driving drunk. The fans pay them so much their head swell. Give the game back to the fans, and take the money away from the owners, who are complicit in the steroid abuse – It puts fans in the seats when records are broken. I love the sport, but not the whores that run them, play them, or the agents that influence them.

  13. Joanne - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    What is the big deal? The LA Lakers are David Stern’s “team”, Kobe is his “guy”. Every home game in LA, they have a sixth man on the court, the refs! No need to play the season, just hand the title to LA, for a threepeat. Mr. Stern will be sure to make it happen. 37 to 17 in freethrow advantage in game 7, please, it is SO Obvious!!!

  14. chrisjIII - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    If they can play professional basketball then they are welcome, I’m sure.

  15. Monrocsol - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Miami has enough trouble…

  16. Yo Knicks - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Pil
    You got some anger issues Bro’. Is it because short fat white guys like you can’t play hoops?

  17. Tress00 - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    You care enough to read this article and comment about it…

  18. People who immediately yell "racist" are idiots - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Idiot

  19. netbob - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Even if the stars align in Miami, that’s three HUGE egos to contend with. I don’t see Toronto agreeing to this so Bosh will make less and a year from now will bail from his contract to the Lakers. By then he will be just in time for a 4-peat.
    Love it.

  20. bobbo - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    hey Phil Jules Canada is in North America. Pick up a book

  21. John J Pileggi - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    And black people don’t have anger issues??? Blacks can’t do anything but play basketball (and steal and rape, sorry) Punk.

  22. Smith - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Then why are you here? in NBA/Basketball section. Go do some thing else.

  23. Mitchell Gordon - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Thing was in Boston, all 3 of those guys were up and down type players, so having them together filled those gaps when one wasn’t doing well. In this case, Wade, Bosh and James would only be competing for a certain set of points that are normally available in any NBA game. There won’t be the space for the normal scoring these guys create. Does anyone think that if they are all together, all the sudden the Heat or whoever would start scoring like 150 points a game to accomodate their averages? Would their egos be able to take the hit of scoring less than 20 points a game? Go look at Boston’s Point Leader, Paul Pierce at 18.3. Although it doesn’t hurt and in my mind does help, it’s team work not individual players that create champions. But I guess Miami or wherever would sell a lot of tickets, maybe that is all that really counts.

  24. Smith - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    You are right Eric!!! Then why are you roaming in this section.

  25. Smith - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    You are right Eric!!! Then why are you roaming in this section.

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