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Dwyane Wade ‘concerned’ about money being a factor in Heat Big Three’s free agent decision

Oct 5, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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The Heat’s star trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are doing their best to avoid talking about next summer’s free agent decision that all three players will be faced with, but inevitably, the questions keep coming, and so do some answers.

When they signed their Miami contracts in 2010, the group all sacrificed a small amount financially, and all structured their deals to include the ability to opt out following the 2013-14 season.

Bosh said recently that whether or not the Heat win a third straight title will go a long way in determining whether everyone comes back for up to two more seasons. But Wade realizes that with the new, stricter salary cap and luxury tax penalties that are in place, money could potentially be just as big a factor in everyone’s decision.

From Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

In another private moment, Wade acknowledged hearing the muted talk of how he, James and Bosh would need to compromise in their next Heat contracts for there to be another round of Big Three possibilities starting in 2014-15.

“You’re concerned,” Wade said of money weighing into the equation as much as championship possibilities. “That’s obviously an important part of the puzzle. So, that’s something that we leave to our agents, we leave to the Miami Heat front office to see what they can present us, how creative they can be. We understand it’s not as easy as it was in 2010 when we signed.”

The Heat are already making roster decisions based on finances — Mike Miller, a member of the championship teams of the last two seasons, was waived this summer using the amnesty provision in a move that saved the club in the neighborhood of $17 million in total costs.

James and Bosh would both command max contracts on the open market if they went the free agency route, and Wade will likely get a couple more years added onto his deal to stay in Miami if he so chooses.

All three players could simply do nothing next summer, and earn around $42 million each over the next two seasons. What’s more likely, however, is that everyone opts out — either to sign long-term deals to stay in Miami, or to go their separate ways.

  1. nflcrimerankingscom - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Lebron to CLE

    Bosh to HOU

    Leaving The Wade & Beasley Show!

    • ringjames - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Only way Bosh goes to Houston is if they somehow unload the contracts of Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons, and trade a few draft picks along with Lin.

      • icanthearu - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Chandler’s contract is not even a mil. They could renounce everybody’s rights but Harden, Howard and Parson’s. Trade either Asik or Lin to a team that needs to reach the salary cap floor. Then they would be able to sign Bosh outright. He might jusy want to go home, remember Bosh is from Texas.

      • Kurt Helin - Oct 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        You cannot renounce contracts in the NBA, the deals are guaranteed.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Bosh to Houston. Hey, now that’s not a bad idea from a basketball standpoint. Bosh could come out of this era looking like the shrewdest cat if he did that.

      • kb2408 - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Read the above comment, Bosh only goes to Houston if Houston trades away 2-3 players. Is he really worth it? I don’t think so.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        Why would Houston have to trade anybody if he’s willing to go on a small contract?

      • kb2408 - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        Bosh has two rings already and he will soon be 30. Why in the heck would he go to Houston for a “small contract” when he has already sacrificed money to go to Miami AND this next contract could very well be his last big deal?

      • antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        Bosh didn’t sacrifice money to go to Miami. He went there under the assumption that he was getting a max deal. Same with LeBron. They both sacrificed their money after they got there and talked with D.Wade about Haslem. They’re both still making near max.

        But we know that Bosh is a little different. He may just want more rings or maybe he’s become addicted to winning – and if LeBron jets to Cleveland then Houston would look like an attractive place to be, I’d imagine.

        Hey, MJ didn’t mind being severely underpaid until 1995. So it isn’t outrageous to think that someone like Bosh wouldn’t mind.

      • cmehustle - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        Why would Bosh leave Miami if he’s willing to take a small contract?? Besides no one does that. Stop being an idiot.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        Chill out, brosef. I said if LeBron left Miami, then the Rockets may look like a prime spot for a jump shooting PF who is from Texas.

      • ironman682 - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        You know what, it can happen if Houston give Miami a product young players, but that can make Houston a beast with D-12/Bosh/Harden/Asik with Coach Mchale? I don’t want that to happen.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        Yeah. I’d like the Big 3 to stay in Miami for the rest of their careers. They’d have to really commit to this selfless concept to do that because the amount of salary they’d have to sacrifice would be much larger. But I think it would be a boon to their legacies in a George Washington/Cincinnatus way if they did.

        But that’s probably unlikely.

        At the least I’m hoping for all of them to stay there over the length of one more contract.

      • kb2408 - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        I see nowhere in any of your comments where you said, “if LeBron left.”

      • antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        That goes without saying – and consider who is making the initial comment. No one is leaving LeBron for Dwight Howard. LeBron would have to leave for Bosh to consider going elsewhere.

      • justindad2 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        WTF, don’t even dream about it. NO hi-priced oldies in Houston.

    • qwarfield5 - Oct 6, 2013 at 3:27 AM

      LeBron will head back to the very very very cold lake Erie northern Ohio Cleveland to make history helping the cavs win a ring after A 65 plus year drough of having champagne pouring all night parties a long lavish championship parade in front of some die heart fans LeBron would leave Miami in good standards 4 straight finals appearances 3 straight championships it’s not 6 championships he promise but 3 out 4 is huge to not to many can claim that milestone and LeBron also did a favor for Cleveland he gave them four years to get of all that dead weight salary cap they was holding onto LeBron knew Danny ferry screwed up the future salary cap acquiring allstars past their prime or over rated role players you couldn’t tell me no NBA star would turn down max money and play with a unselfish player like James danny ferry can’t recruit stars look at the Atlanta hawks these days that boring Spurs championship model system doesn’t fit LeBron he’s not duncan you have surround Lebron with a true second option but I believe LeBron told Cleveland back in 2010 get rid of danny ferry clear the books and draft young talented players that’s why LeBron left so Cleveland could have huge chances of getting top picks next four years that’s what the new Cleveland regimen has done and aalso left a big cap space to bring LeBron back I know LeBron is smiling at cleveland young talented team pmus LeBron would do something Jordan never done win 4 straight championships winning championships in Cleveland would secure is legacy with the all time great I believe Wade and Bosh could make homecoming.trips Bosh back to his home state with the maverick,rockets, or replacing duncan with the spurs wade back to Chicago but in the end Bosh and wade will be like pierce and Garnett staying together like they did in 2010 they announced they was joining up so bosh and wade would be loyal and retired with heat than join pat Riley in the front office

    • justindad2 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      The Rockets were interested not only Bosh but Wallace, Boozer, Gasol also, 3-4 years ago, not any more, all over-the-hill, high-priced oldies wont fit the young and fast Rockets, however, I would say the deep-pocket Lakers or Nets like former big named stars(oldies)…build their retirement somewhere else not in Houston.

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Bosh isn’t getting a max deal anywhere.

    • kb2408 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      True. I think he’s shown he’s not a max player. Very good? Yes. But not max. And it has nothing to do with having to sacrifice his stats.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        If Joe Johnson could get max money… if Rudy Gay can get max money… SOMEBODY would dish out that money for Chris Bosh, who is still better than both. That guy is definitely out there.

      • sprint32 - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Bosh is a max player and will get a max contract if he leaves Heat. If he was the main guy on a team he would average a double double. Few touches means few baskets. He went from shooting 20 times a game to 12 with the Heat

      • kb2408 - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Bosh will be 30 next March. The only reason he got 20 and 10 in Toronto was because he was the man on a weak team. Heck, Bargnani also averaged close to 20 in Toronto, is he a max player too? Plenty of players have put up stats on losing teams. Bosh is a good player but certainly not a max level player. That will prove to be true after this season if he opts out.

      • cmehustle - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        You really dont have to be a ‘max’ player to get a max contract. Just take a look at some of the deals people have signed these last few years.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        “Heck, Bargnani also averaged close to 20 in Toronto, is he a max player too?”

        Have you ever heard a hall of fame coach say this about Bargnani:

        “Well Chris during the 2008 Olympics, he was the best defensive center, and I don’t think there is anybody in the world who defends the ball screen any better than Chris Bosh.”

        -Coach K, 2012

    • eternallyill - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      He consistently makes the all star team while averaging 18 and 8 as the heat’s 3rd option. He would surely get a max anywhere…..

      • eugenesaxe1 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Fans pick the All-Stars. Fans vote for players who don’t play a single minute in a season. Fans are morons.
        I realize Bosh had to sacrifice some due to leb/Wade, but he seems to be less the player than he was before joining Miami, and his maxness was in question then. He’s not a #1 option, and those are the ones who deserve max deals.

    • marcsammo - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Bosh sucks. Labron will prob go to a team like lakers and get max and own the team. I don’t think anybody would give Bosh or Wade a max deal. I bet I am right

  3. ringjames - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    LeBron will keep his current contract, but all of his money will probably be guaranteed.
    Wade will take a few million less bringing his total to about $12M a season.
    Bosh will have to accept about $8M-$10M to stay apart of the dynasty.

    I know LeBron and Wade will sacrifice a little because of endorsements. But Bosh? I think he’ll jump on the first big contract offered to him because he isn’t getting endorsement money like LeBron and Wade. And as a Heat fan I’m cool with Bosh leaving because he’s very frustrating at times. I’d much rather the Heat organization let him go and go after younger superstar talent. Someone like Kyrie Irving who’s friends with Heat owners son Nick Arison and Pat Riley.

    • sprint32 - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      They dont need a point guard. They will not do that. Bosh has been good for the Heat opens the floor and best midrange jumper on the team.

    • kb2408 - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      “Dynasty”? When did barely getting to two rings start constituting a dynasty?

      • detroitbasketballfan - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        You’re right Kobe has never been the star of dynasty team.

  4. jzone954 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Well the concern is neither wade or Bosh will get the max deal Lebron will get….
    But as far as them staying together, that should and believe will happen…
    Is there any other owner in this league who will willingly not only pay the teams salary, but the millions given in luxury tax just for the sake of keeping them together, adding more pieces, and winning titles?
    Mr Arison has spent a lot, and I mean ALOT OF MONEY for these guys

    • bbngr8 - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      The owner of the Nets has the money to do it. Not saying that’s an option, but Mickey Arison isn’t the only owner with deep pockets.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      There’s at least two owners far richer than Arison, and I do mean FAR richer.

  5. 00maltliquor - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Why even worry about signing long-term contracts, everyone always opts out in a couple years anyways. Stupid.

  6. simonwelds - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    You can tell wade is preparing to take a pay cut… He is completely selling is name and is now envolved in multiple ventures , plus wade understands staying with lebron at a lower cost will make him more money off the court its that simple

  7. dls612 - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    No concerns here! Pat Riley proved he can get players to play for less!

    • marcsammo - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM


    • antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      You need to give a little more credit to the players themselves for having their priorities in order – that they put winning above money.

      Isn’t that what we wanted from all of our stars? Give them some credit. They’re not just being hypnotized by Riley.

      • ironman682 - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:37 PM

        Am glad you said this because a lot are not seeing that, and Bosh already accepted the responsibility of been the third man and does not want to carry the load like he use to which has earn him two rings that Doc Rivers cannot say what he said to Chris Paul to Bosh.

      • dls612 - Oct 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        Well if I recall every player that decided to come to Miami said pat made them believe and bought into his system! Keep in mind this man is a genius! Every team he ran became a contender! Not even a handful of GMs could pull off what he’s doing! And that is building a Dynasty!

      • antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        Pat Riley’s recruiting genius is in his charisma – his brand of charisma being attractive to modern players. That plus a bag of rings…

        So the combination of:

        Riley being in a city like Miami
        Riley being Riley (winner, Godfather, Scarface)
        Wade being with Riley in Miami
        Wade being Wade (great guy, team player)

        …is what initially attracted Bosh and LeBron. The gravitational force of all of those elements together has now become almost irresistible.

        But it could never have happened if Wade/Bosh/LeBron didn’t have the right personality. Other players would’ve balked at cutting salary for Udonis Haslem.

  8. antistratfordian - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Yeah, LeBron talked about this earlier in the summer. He basically hinted that all three of them were all willing to keep sacrificing $$$ to keep the train rolling… but you never know what’s going to happen between now and then.

  9. abxyer - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    In Riley Heat nation trusts!!!!!!!

  10. dolphindubs - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Look around the landscape of the NBA and take notice of everyone getting max deals. Bosh would absolutely get a max deal on the market, doesnt mean he’s a max player. More than half the guys getting max deals arent max players. John Wall? DeMarcus Cousins? Joe Johnson? Amare Stoudemire? Theres maybe half a dozen guys truly deserving of a max contract

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Not exactly true. The best players in the league are tremendously underpaid because of the limits on contracts, so some of the max contract guys who aren’t as good are also worth that max money, it’s just their ceiling. To your credit, Bosh, along with the other guys you mentioned, are not worth that max money.

  11. ironman682 - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    I believe if they 3peat Bosh and Wade will opt out for less money and James a little bit more for them to stay together, but if they don’t am sure one of them might jump on the Max they get but at this moment they are focusing on another title which is why they came together.
    if G.O Beasley and Mason can contribute then there will be a long shot.

  12. thetooloftools - Oct 5, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    LeBron owns everything but havng a baby with Sharon Reed

  13. iwearshoesinhentucky - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    I wouldn’t be worried if I was Dwyane Wade, nobody is going to pay him the dollars he is making now and once his contract expires and the Heat resign him at his market value it will free up plenty of money for James.

  14. qedfyi - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    After $100 million the taxman bites and fake friends show up everywhere. Contracts do not adjust for cost of living because the cost of living in LA and NYC is obscene. FL has no state income tax, housing is cheaper, weather is better during basketball season and Carribean tax shelters are nearby. The money the San Antonio Spurs get is worth a lot more than the Nets or Knicks contacts. The REAL rewards come in the 30+years after the playing days are over. No media people or companies want to talk about players who were on losing teams during their career. Later on the media will focus on Bosh’s Miami days, not his Toronto career. Nobody remembers the team Babe Ruth was on after his Yankee days. Bosh is on a team with Hall of Famers James, Wade and Allen. He is going to be motivated to prove he belongs in the HOF with them, because if he jumps ship he will be join another regular team and never make the HOF.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      I’d rather have the huge pile of cash than the honor of being talked about.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        apparently people believe the NBA is a fairy tale.

  15. golfrangeman - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    How do you barely get 2 rings?

  16. agent149fr - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Let be honest Miami heat need to get rid that Bosh …he is not consistent

    • vicanator7500 - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      he is consistent with his jumper its his drives to the basket that are an adventure…..he looks out of control driving to the hole…his strength is pulling opposing bigs from the lanes to give LJ driving room

  17. nabocane - Oct 6, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    “all go their separate ways…? Don’t be an idiot. This isn’t scripted, it’s not some reality TV show. This is an EMPIRE. You don’t walk away from an empire.

    • vicanator7500 - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      Nuff said!

  18. totallyuselessme - Oct 6, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    The endorsement benefits of being a part of a multiple championship team, the tax benefits of playing in Florida, historical significance of possibly being one of the greatest teams of all time, and the fact that Pat Riley is putting the best talent available around them every year has me thinking in these exact terms:

    If these three can’t find a way to make this work in Miami, all three of them are damn fools.

    And no, I’m not a Heat fan.

    • vicanator7500 - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      well said my friend well said :)

  19. pistolpete0903 - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    And why is it a given that they all deserve the max contract?
    LBJ deserves it; he is still in his prime and Miami can get a good 3-4 years of 1st team All Star play out of him.
    As for Bosh, he is still good (but no way close to the 2010 Bosh); but there is no way Riley gives him a max. Also, the big men (especially in the East) are going traditionally big (operating more in the paint). Hibbert, (a sane Bynum) would eat him. Riley needs some money to sign a TRUE center; so can’t see Bosh getting (and deserving) a max contract.
    My 2 cents about Wade could sound blasphemous for Miami fans; but me thinks he is expendable. He is no-where close to the 2006 Wade which lit up the b’ball world; has lost his step and explosiveness. His jump shot isn’t exactly consistent (Miami needs quality shooters with James driving to the paint and Riley needs money to get those). Infact, from a Miami b’ball POV, I would value Bosh higher than Wade.
    Not saying that Wade deserves a really low offer, but to think of him as a max contract player is a stretch.

    • stankcobra - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:00 AM

      A person with “pistol pete” in his name should be smarter about basketball than this.

      • pistolpete0903 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        And you my friend have a sexier name.
        Me thinks you are a Miami fanatic. And unfortunately, like many (not all) you can’t deal with rational arguments.

  20. cantonbound13 - Oct 6, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Bosh Spice should get the league minimum, Dwhine Wade should only get paid for the games he plays (half), give LeBron what’s left over.

    • soflasfinest - Oct 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Good one bro!. Idiot!

      • cantonbound13 - Oct 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        You managed 4 words in your comment. Getting better. ESL lessons paying off.

      • gmsingh - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        I wonder what sofia’s worst is like.

  21. vicanator7500 - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Unbeknowest to all of us is this…… the end of the season once they have secured O’Brian once again, the entire team minus Ray Allen and Shane Battier (due to them retiring) will head into the AAA conference room C and have a meeting with Riley, Elisburg and the Arisons. RIley will start off and put it bluntly to them ” You guys have the opportunity to do what only one other team in the history of the NBA has been able to do….win four in a row. Having said that, i now turn the floor to Andy.” Elisburg will break the numbers down to them on how the salary would be distributed not only to keep the team mostly intact but also able to add new pieces to replace Shane and Ray. The only way this scenario does not happen is if they do not make it to the Finals and win. Its a long season, can’t wait for it to start! :)

  22. gmsingh - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    “Show me don’t tweet me.”

  23. datcrazybok - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Am I the only one who doesn’t see Bosh as a max-contract player? I mean… he’s good and all, but max-contract? I dunno man. I just don’t see it.

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