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Heat owner Micky Arison: ‘100 percent’ Miami will keep LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh

Apr 28, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each have early termination options for next season.

LeBron and Bosh would each make $20,590,000 by not exercising the option, and Wade would make $20,164,000.

Or they could become unrestricted free agents. Or two could. Or one could.

And if they become free agents, all three could re-sign. Or two could. Or one could.

And if they re-sign, all three could get long-term max deals. Or two could. Or one could.

Or, they could re-sign and take less to give Miami more flexibility. Or two could. Or one could.

The Heat’s chaos potential is high this summer, but owner Micky Arison sounds pretty confident his franchise will remain stable.

Jason Lieser of Heat Zone:

The most recent indication that those three will stay, be it through not opting out or by opting out and signing longer contracts, is from owner Micky Arison. When asked Monday by 790 The Ticket to give a percentage chance of keeping them with the Heat, he responded, “100 percent.”

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I also expect the Heat to keep all three, though I’m certainly not 100 percent certain. Look how quickly the Pacers crumbled. Good and cohesive teams can fracture, especially in the pressure of a title chase.

But as long as the Heat keep winning, their chances of keeping LeBron, Wade and Bosh remain high.

Chris Bosh said he and LeBron would return, and the higher-than-expected luxury-tax line will give Miami a little extra leeway.

I’ll give it a 90 percent.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    You’re God Damn Right

  2. miamatt - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    It’s hard to imagine this thing breaking up, the only question is the particulars of how it happens, and who the role players will be moving forward.

    At the same time, what else is Mickey Arison supposed to say? It’s a story if he doesn’t say 100%.

    • shanydawg - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      it was never a story in the first place Matt.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Agreed. Not a Heat fan, but I wouldn’t expect the owner of the Miami Heat to say anything else, and honestly, it doesn’t make sense for the Big 3 to split.

      The Heat are uniquely positioned as a team based in a state without a state income tax that’s also based in the weak Eastern Conference AND has a proven GM in Pat Riley running things.

      Unless they’re completely satisfied with earning championships and only want to earn money, they should take a little less and stick together on the Heat in the Eastern Conference for the next couple of years under contracts with early opt-outs. If things change over the 3 years, whether it’s Wade’s durability deteriorating further or the Heat becoming significantly less successful, they can explore breaking up, but for now, they look like a team that will at the very least win 4 Eastern Conference championships in a row with at least 2 NBA titles. Hard to beat that.

      • casualcommenter - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Typo: First sentence of final paragraph should read,
        “Unless they’re completely satisfied with the championships they’ve already earned and only want to earn money,”

  3. shanydawg - Apr 28, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Yahoo Sports Editor: “Ok guys, remember all those ridiculously presumptuous and premature so-called stories you submitted about ‘where is Lebron going to play in 2014?’… well – just reprint them all and change the date to 2015.” Job well done, let’s party!

  4. cmehustle - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Sign and trade Chris Bosh. Too high paid a player to give him what he gives. They could split that money up between two or three guys.

    • pantsfreezone - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      You know nothing, cmehustle.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Chris Bosh is THE best mid range shooter in the NBA and also plays great defense in the paint for a guy his size. By that I mean he’s skinny, but plays like a big dude on D. Bosh can also post up, hit the corner 3 and drive past slower guys but he doesn’t get to do that as much because of the offense Miami runs.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        6’11 soft 2 guard making double what he should.

      • buffalowned - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Surprised Cantonbound would say that. As a Knicks fan he knows all about guys making double what they should.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      …First, Bosh was the second best member of the Big 3 this past regular season due to Wade having to miss over 20 games and scoring under 20 points per game for the first time since his rookie year, so it’s odd to single out Bosh when he’s younger and more durable than Wade.

      Second, Bosh’s ability to stretch the floor as either a stretch 4 or stretch 5 is incredibly valuable to the Heat and contributes to LeBron’s and Wade’s efficiency being at career highs. Bosh’s outside shooting makes it difficult to ask opposing bigs to crowd the paint to prevent James or Wade from driving to the rim.

      Third, in the NBA, if you have a choice between 1 All-Star who contributes on both ends of the floor versus 2 decent but not great players, you always choose the All-Star. It’s not even close.

      • miamatt - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        That comment was anything but casual.

    • soopreme - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      cmehustle, I agree with you 100 pct. I am stiil upset that the Heat didn’t get Howard when the Magic were practically giving him away. I’m sure we could have gotten him for Bosh.
      The only reason why teams hang with the Heat is because we are so weak down low. the worst rebounding team in the league.
      If Duncan was 5 years younger we would not have won it last year.

  5. zerole00 - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    I just can’t see Wade getting a max contract. Sure when he plays he has vintage moments, but the number of games he plays is getting less by the day. I think at the end of the day, the ability for all three to stay together (and without a joke of a bench) is going to come down to the same determining factor as when they got together – how much is each willing to sacrifice.

    LBJ and Wade make so much more in endorsements than their contracts that I can’t imagine them “needing” a max contract outside of ego. Iunno about Bosh.

    • spursareold - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      He’s more broken than GInobili is, tbh, and at a much younger age. What Wade has is never going to heal or get better. His knee is degenerating, and that never stops. Wade should be told on no uncertain terms that if he opts out, there will be no new contract, and that this contract is IT. They can’t keep paying a player who is in steep health decline $20M past the next two years. Those two years are his farewell and thank you, because there is no way he earns $40M.

      • kinggw - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        He may be more broken, he’s also a lot more effective than Ginobli. You have stated several times Wade is broken yet he’s played in every playoff game and has looked fine. May be time for a new argument. He missed 28 mostly meaningless games so he could focus on the real season for the Heat. For all the talk about Wade being on the decline, he had a more impressive age 32 season than Ginobli did who was fully healthy.

        Wade has chronic knee problems, that’s no secret. They prevent him from playing an 82 game season, they don’t prevent him from being effective when they need him. As a Heat fan, I could not care less if Wade averages only 55 games a season for the rest of his career if it helps the team.

    • kinggw - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      All three including Bosh have made over $120M for their careers, unless they are gambling like Antoine Walker, none of them “need” a max contract.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Wade is older than LeBron and Bosh, has seen his per game production steadily decline the past 3 years, and looks like he’ll be unable to consistently contribute in the regular season from now on, requiring regular games off for rest.

      That being said, he’s still a 19-5-5 guy who plays good defense when motivated.
      He probably should get paid a few million less per year than LeBron and Bosh, but I think all 3 end up doing what they did last time, and agree to virtually the same salaries at below-max annual rates with early opt-outs to give them flexibility if things change.

  6. SuckForLuck - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Kick rocks Heat Haters

  7. gmsalpha - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    From what I understand, all three took less than max deals, but only by the slimmest of margins. I don’t know the numbers, but it’s like they took $20m per year instead of $21m. To me, that doesn’t really sound like much of a discount, even if it is exactly what they had to make in order for the cap numbers to work.

    As it’s been stated previously, they’ve made over $100m in their careers, not including endorsements. I’d like to see them actually “sacrifice” and take $15m. It would be interesting to see what kind of role players they could afford with REAL money to play with.

  8. cristren - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Thank you, Mr. Arison, for finally putting an end, to all of these ridiculous rumors regarding the big 3.

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