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LeBron won’t talk future Tuesday, Bosh sounds like he wants “big three” to stick together

Jun 17, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

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LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have until late on June 29 to tell the Miami Heat if they are opting out.

If you expect them to make a decision before then, well, you probably expected “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” was going to be a good sequel to the original. (And the original wasn’t great, just don’t tell your wife/girlfriend that.) The big three are going to talk to their agents, talk to their families, they will watch trades unfold around the draft, they will talk to each other, and finally they will talk to Pat Riley. Then they will make a call.

At his exit interview on Tuesday, LeBron refused to talk about the future. Here are the highlights as tweeted by Ira Winderman and Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel.

Obviously LeBron has thought about this, it’s just that over the years, he has gotten good at dodging questions he doesn’t want to answer.

Chris Bosh sounded much more like he doesn’t want to go anywhere and the idea that the trio would break up is news to him. But that they have some things financially to talk about.

Dwyane Wade did not speak to the media Tuesday.

Heat management has known for years that eventually they have to rework the roster, that just bringing in veteran minimum guys would not be enough at some point. The Spurs emphatically showed that time is now.

For LeBron, a guy in the legacy-building part of his career, the question is who does he trust to build a contender around him? Better yet, does he trust anyone more than Pat Riley? Probably not. Plus if he bolts Miami — no matter how he handles it — he will take some of the public relations hits he took after leaving Cleveland and “The Decision” all over again.

It’s hard to imagine him leaving if he feels Miami is committed to winning — he just doesn’t want to give back money so Mickey Arison saves tax money.

But we will see. LeBron may look at this situation and draw a different conclusion. Whatever he decides, don’t expect to know until the 29th or close to it.

  1. naterich21 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Of course you do Bosh, dead weight. 6’10 slow shooting guard

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      Bosh isn’t the dead weight of that group.

      • tampajoey - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Bosh sure isn’t worth $20 million a year. Neither is Wade. Both are $10 million players at best. Miami is stuck with those two. No other team would pay them $20 million. Wade and Bosh won’t opt out. They’ll both stay in Miami to rob the Heat blind.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Bosh would do more on just about any other team. In Miami, he’s just the kid brother who tags along everywhere you go. He wouldn’t get 20mil anywhere else, but he’d get more than 10mil, and he’d earn it.
        Wade’s not worth 20mil if it were a 5-year deal. He needs to take his option, announce he’s retiring after the season, and do it. He’d be a hero there forevermore.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        Bosh signed up for this fate. When you come out and say you are going wherever LeBron goes, you deserve being relegated to third wheel status, and that’s precisely where he is. He would earn good money elsewhere, but not MAX money like this, nor would he get the same max nor more than four years elsewhere.

        You did it to yourself, buddy, But enjoy your two rings, your earning power is downhill from this $20.5 Million.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        of course Bosh’s salary for the season AFTER this coming season with the Heat is for $22 million…

        So when you say his earning power is all down hill from this years $20.5 million, you’re wrong (if he opts in both years that is).

        Bosh contract with Heat for 2014/15 season $20.590 million

        Bosh contract with Heat for 2015/16 season $22,112,500

        By my math, $22 and change is higher than the $20.5 high water mark you said he would be at after this season.

    • jkirby317 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      Black Troy Murphy

  2. shaner329 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    I feel this article points out exactly why the Heat lost this year. Their team only seems to really be about the “Big 3”.

    With the Spurs, they show that all parts of the team are crucial to their success, even while having their own “Big 3” in Duncan, Parker and Ginobli.

    Only so much Lebron can do by himself… I’m not even sure it would really even matter next year if Wade, Bosh and James stuck together.

    • loubearkane - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      They need depth , they need the players that will get dirty. Battier , Anderson , Haslem, Oden all need to be replaced. Allen is serviceable at what he does. Beasley has potential to break out.

      • mogogo1 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        All those guys were perfect… a few years ago. Their entire plan hinged on guys playing like they did 5 years ago.

        Except for Beasley, who can still score. So, naturally, he barely played in a series where they couldn’t buy a basket.

    • dls612 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      It would matter if they stayed together Miami can retool that bench and learn from this past title run. If anything the Spurs showed them that they can do what they manage to do. So many of us said the Spurs was done and look what happened. All the injuries they had and all of a sudden ducan and Ginobili playing like they was in their twenties. Pat Riley is in the front office and if yall think Miami is done then no of you have been paying attention.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Just figuring that out? They have always been about the Big 3. But the real issue wasn’t that the team puts too much emphasis on their “Big 3” – the issue is that only one of them showed up.

      The Heat are always going to be easier to handle if Wade is playing like a below average player (his Finals PER went from a solid 20.76 last year to an abysmal 11.59 this year).

      If James, Wade and Bosh are all playing at a high level, they will be very difficult to defeat, obviously.

      • shaner329 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        I might have to agree and disagree a bit. I think a lot of emphasis was put on their Big 3, and it really shined here in the Finals. As you said, only one of them showed up – and look what happen. Spo seemed lost because he didn’t seem prepared for the Big 3 not working. Could not find a way to spark offense or defense, or find someone on that team who was capable of doing that (as much as Lebron tried to no avail it seemed). It was hilarious in my opinion that Spo even opted to have no PG start rather than have Mario seen the floor.

        And I think it showed perfectly when Beasley was sent in Game 5 – tried everything to get some offense going, why not Beasley?

        I guess my point is that it’s nice watching the Spurs, who essentially have a “Big 3”, but one that doesn’t need to be pointed out all the time by the media. And that’s shown by having such a strong team.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        Yes, but the Spurs evolved from a more typical Big 3 format to this version out of necessity. This system wouldn’t have been right for them in the mid 2000s when Duncan was more dominant.

        San Antonio was once in the position the Heat are in now – standing at the same crossroads – sometime after 2007.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        Or maybe the Spurs were just the better team even if Bosh and Wade were playing at their “normal” high level. Lebron only showed up and they got smoked. I’m speculating it would have been much closer, maybe 7 games but all we can do is guess.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        Right. The Spurs were shooting so well, and from so many different angles, that I’m not sure it would’ve mattered – but it would’ve been more competitive at least. Maybe in Game 3 when they cut that 25 point lead it down to 7 they may have been able to do a little more than just that.

        But that’s history now.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      From the article:

      “Heat management has known for years that eventually they have to rework the roster, that just bringing in veteran minimum guys would not be enough at some point. The Spurs emphatically showed that time is now.

      “For LeBron, a guy in the legacy-building part of his career, the question is who does he trust to build a contender around him? Better yet, does he trust anyone more than Pat Riley? Probably not.”

      How did you manage to take from that the team is only about the Big 3?

  3. JT - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    The person they are to try to trick is Wade, if I were him I wouldn’t opt out no way he recoups that money lol

    They will convince somebody to take less that’s a free agent
    Unless Bron bolts , which is possible

    • rrhoe - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      The Heat have relied on players taking less to play with LeBron,but that will only get you so far as they just found out. Not to mention,players in their prime are not going to want to accept less money,a vet on the tail end of his career may be more game for a reduced salary for the chance at a ring. Which for me begs the question,who have the Heat been drafting and where are they????

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        who would you suggest we draft at the tail end of every draft…the draft is bereft of talent by the time we are picking. last decent guy was norris cole.

      • rrhoe - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        1heatedtoombrayduh–Unfortunately,that’s the downside to being a good team,you wind up drafting at the bottom,but they can use that to their benefit also. They can draft a guy that’s a project,maybe a guy that’s limited offensively but can block shots and rebound,has some hustle about him. Like you said,Norris Cole,but how long has it been since they drafted him,when a team is making deep playoff runs year after year the draft has to be just as important as signing free agents.

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        I totally agree with you..the last real project we drafted was dexter pittman..but Riles and Spo wanted ppl that would help us Win now due to all the pressure ( a lot of it self induced) so we didnt have time to develop any..cole was kind of likecatching lightning in a bottle

      • Gabbo - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        The Spurs have been drafting from the bottom for 2 decades (except when they injury luckboxed into Duncan). They draft and trade well.

  4. loungefly74 - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    well…IF they do break up, Heat fans can always say, “now I…had… the time of my life….” (I thought I was watching Roadhouse but she tricked me!)

  5. cantonbound13 - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Anyone seen or heard from the 3 losers: leahachima, jimmyjohnson, or fake canton?
    So anti is the only one on the bandwagon? Sad, anti is the brains of the operation.

    • billtetley53 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Well, sinceckb has commented on this article, the only loser I see on here is you canton.

      Your Knicks stink and your bashingbon a team that hss been to 4 straight finals?
      Your team hasnt won in 40 years.

      Im not a heat fan, but youre about as big a loser as they come. How about you gfy?

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        Sure you’re not a Heat fan. Judging by the 3rd grade level writing you must have attended one of the fine Miami Dade public schools. They don’t have a solid success rate.

      • billtetley53 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        Yeah, didnt proofread that. Typing skills have nothing to do with education though. Miami Dade is predominantly black,are you now a racist too?

        No mention of your Knicks stink for not 36, not 37, not 38….you get the picture.
        Typival of your ilk.

        Not a Heat fan, hate D. Wade. I just detest people like you.

        Crawl back into your hole.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Speaking of holes: I just balled CantonPeaBrain’s mother, but of course, with a bag over her head. She said to tell her peabrain son “suck it, loser punk”!

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Why don’t you nutsacs leave your childishness on the playground?

      • billtetley53 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        Telling us to grow up, then calling us nutsacs? Good call!

        Ugh, then I didnt proofread my last post AGAIN!⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆

  6. robigd - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    How are they still considered the Big 3?

  7. loubearkane - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Bosh should grow out his hair again and sport those baby braids

  8. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    The Big 3 is dead.
    Wade’s an idiot if he opts out.
    The other 2 need to consider moving on if they want to win next year.

  9. mackcarrington - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Los tin all of this is: What will happen when other teams in the Eastern Conference improve?

    • Gabbo - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      They’ve been saying that for years about the East. What they need is more prime free agents going that way. Which isn’t going to help if Kevin Love and Lebron both go West.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      That’s not happening overnight. It’s a 2-team race in the E-League unless CHI makes a monster move.

  10. cantonbound13 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Brian Windhorst says LeBron is leaving.

    • kinggw - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      That’s rich considering he said he won’t make any decisions until he comes back from vacation and meets with Bosh and Wade. Troll on.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        Windhorst is more respected as an NBA insider than you will ever be.

  11. rrhoe - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    I think what seems to be lost in all of this opt-out talk is these guys have already sacrificed and quite frankly I hope none of them opt out,why should they. They each have two years left on their deals,LeBron can get another deal to recoup the money,Wade and Bosh will not,though Bosh can get a fairly decent deal. But,the owner of the Heat is sitting back watching all this,hoping that they all opt out to take less money so he doesn’t have to pay the luxury tax. They have had an incredible run the last few years,a very profitable run too,he should be honored to pay the luxury tax if it means putting a better product on the floor.

  12. rodge1 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:38 PM


    That’s actually pretty funny, and true. Whether the Heatles stay together or leave I am very grateful for the past 4 years, especially after that painful ’09 season.

    Reading all of the comments from haters these past 4 years has been flattering too. Just shows how stinky a cologne envy is. Thanks haters!

    • loungefly74 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      4 straight finals…with 2 wins is a dynasty. Jose canseco said, ” ya know when your good? When half of them are booing you.”

  13. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Bosh ain’t leaving that money on the table. Wade ain’t worth it anymore, knows it, and won’t leave it on the table.

    James is leaving.

  14. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    as a fan I want them all to opt out and make it happen…as a working man…I cant blame wade or bosh for opting in..which one of us would really give up that kind of money?? I have to

  15. sumkat - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Every team in the league should make a run at LeBron. I mean, there are some team where it’s just ot realistic (salary they cant move and no cap space, ect). But for any team that can, why would you not offer him a contract. For god’s sake, I’m sure Philly and the Bucks will offer him a max contract and try to sell him on playing with the young cores. He’ll never go there, obviously, but there is no reason not to make a pitch. The worst he can say is no

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