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Reports: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh get together, discuss future

Jun 25, 2014, 8:22 PM EDT

If you had “Wednesday” in the office pool for when Miami’s big three would get together and talk, go collect your winnings.

LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all got together at a Miami restaurant to discuss their future plans, something reported by the Miami Herald and confirmed by Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

You want details… they apparently ate salads, plus chips and guacamole. After the meeting LeBron and Wade went to the Jay-Z/Beyonce concert. Beyond that, nothing but platitudes.

The meeting was expected. Miami’s “big three” did not discuss the future during the season, rather they wanted to wait a week or more after the season ended, calm down and discuss what their next steps would be. The group has been together four years, been to four finals and won two titles, but faces a lot of questions about how to improve going forward.

LeBron already made the power move.

By opting out of his contract already he laid down the ground rules — you guys opt out and give Pat Riley some cap space to operate or I am going to check out my options and take the chance at a title wherever I go.

It is widely believed that LeBron and Bosh will take less money to stay in Miami, the question is the aging Wade who (like the other two) is owed $41 million over the next two years. His knees are fading fast and his role will diminish, he’s not getting another big deal. It is possible that Riley tries to sell him on a deal more like four years, $48 million which drops his rate per season by $8 million or more but gives him more years and guaranteed money.

You can bet all of that was discussed, and Riley will be informed.

The rest of us know the drama is going to play out for a while.

  1. misterdreamer119 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    if the gave wade 3 years 60 mil. pay him 8 and 8 the first 2 years then amnesty him the third and he gets his golden parachute.
    Nevermind. Lebron and Carmelo should team up on the Celtics with Rondo and Klove.

    • mcjon22 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Can’t use the amnesty clause on any new contracts AND they already burned that card on Mike Miller

    • loubearkane - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Amnesty was only for players under contract when they introduced that amnesty clause. No players signing a new contract or traded can be amnestied. Only a few teams still have one left but I don’t think other than maybe Norris Cole and his small contract they could amnesty.

    • zoomy123 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Miami already amnestied Mike Miller.

    • ss3walkman - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Wade knows he’s lost a step. That’s why opting is out is hard for him. He won’t get that kind of money with those years again. He’s still tryna guarantee some big money while he can cause the next contract will be waaaaaaaaay less. The point of everyone opting out is to create more funds to sign FAs. Bron will. Bosh will because they can still command max deals. Wade can’t. The money he’s making now he won’t be able to make after restructuring his contract. For him this is the last time he’ll be near $20 million a year. So you can see why he’s not wanting to restructure his contract. He wants his last big pay days still. He’ll be getting maybe $11 million a year after this current deal from a team. I say take a cut and add 3 more years. $75 million over the next 5 years secured is a good deal compared to $41 million over the next two years and then chancing $10 million or less a year somewhere after. He may not be a $15 million player in 3 years but he can still get it now lol. That’s what I’d do.

      • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        No chance in hell anyone gives Bosh a max deal. He’s been exposed in Miami, particularly against the Pacers and Spurs, and honestly, who would pay that kind of dough for a guy averaging 16 pts and 6 rebounds that is too small/ light to play the 5, and not quick enough or good enough of a defender to play the 4. Not saying he’s bad, just not max contract good.

    • kb2408 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Your username fits you perfectly…if you think LBJ will ever play for the C’s you’re “dreaming”! And if Love gets traded there he will leave after one season.

  2. mcjon22 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    If only they were Japeneese…

    (Places sword on table in front of Wade)

    Honah yor fam-I-Lee and do what is Honah-rable

    Lebron James

  3. telergy - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Opt out to sign who? No ones worth cutting money for

    • therealhtj - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Gortat and Lowry would go a lot further towards the mountaintop than Melo.

  4. csbanter - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    You get the feeling Lebron is afraid of Wade. Just like a relationship Lebron sees something hotter (Clippers) out there and now he feels a sense of obligation even though deep inside that hottie has his mind twisted.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      LeBron is married to his high school sweetheart.

      • infectorman - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:03 AM

        LEBRON POLICE strike again.

        in tinny robot voice…..

        “MR CSBANTER: PLEASE REFRAIN FROM MAKING DISPARAGING REMARKS TOWARD THE LEBRON. HE GAVE US LIFE,LIBERTY AND HAPPINESS. ANY DISDAIN OR EVEN VEILED INSULTS TO THE LEBRON WILL BE MET WITH SWIFT JUSTICE AND FURIOUS RETRIBUTION. THIS IS YOUR FIRST AND ONLY WARNING, MR CSBANTER. BACK AWAY FROM THE KEYBOARD AND SAY 100 “HAIL LEBRON CHANTS” AS YOUR ATONEMENT BEFORE THE EYES OF THE LEBRON. THAT IS ALL

  5. jzone954 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Making the necessary moves to retool this team and get better.

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Amen!

  6. 2016olympics - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Can’t spell guacamole without CLE.

  7. tampajoey - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Get together to say goodbye to each other.

  8. SBoy - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Despite Wade’s posturing, in the end my guess is he will do what it takes to keep the band together… Pride will way to common sense.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      Right (I hope). His best chance at another ring depends on the team being able to upgrade here and there, and he knows that. If money matters more, so be it, but that would be a change from the last time he had to make that choice. (True, this may be his last chance at a top paycheck, but somehow I don’t think paying the bills is a challenge.) And, it’s not like the other two are asking him to do something they won’t do themselves; James just did it and Bosh has said he will.

  9. antistratfordian - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA · 6m
    Homemade guac? Store bought? Homemade guacamole might indicate that James intends to stay in Miami.

  10. shanelsweet - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Put yourself in Lebron’s shoes for a few minutes. Life’s too short not to chase championships. He can go home to CLE, and he’ll have a nice team of young players including the #1 pick this year that’ll instantly be the favorite to win it all next year. Go for it, Lebron!

    • antistratfordian - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Favorites? In Cleveland? He’d have to start all over again just like it was 2008.

    • scmems07 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      I would have more respect for LeBron if he won just one title in Cleveland by building around him than going and joining other great players in the league to win multiple titles, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. He may have the most talent of all time, but he has no heart or drive to make his team play their best basketball.

      • malek773 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Lebron lead Cleveland to the finals without any talent around them. If Cleveland had any sense they would of built a team around Lebron when they had him so he would of just stayed. I never blamed Lebron for leaving. I blamed him for the spekitcal of the decision, but he was right to leave Cleveland. That franchise wasn’t going anywhere and 4 years later they still aren’t going anywhere

    • kinggw - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      You just outlined one of the many reasons LBJ won’t being going back to Cleveland (Gilbert is still number one with a bullet). They have a bunch of young players who don’t how to win. That’s not going to change next year. If they had another star besides Irving and had made a decent showing in the playoffs, it may have been interesting sell for the Cavs, but none of that happened.

      Too many question marks on the roster, an unproven coach, and poor owner are the primary reasons why LBJ won’t be back in Cleveland, at least for the near future.

  11. patfic5 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Meanwhile, the world forgets the 2014 NBA champs.

    • kanemoney - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:27 AM

      Agreed. Where are the articles about how the Spurs will compete for a back-to-back championship next season?

      I do think Lebron is the best player in the league. I do think it was amazing to go to 4 straight Finals (+1 in Cleveland).

      But come on… This isn’t even a story.

    • redbaronx - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:19 AM

      @patfic5 – I don’t think anyone “forgets” the Spurs. The Spurs story this year isn’t a major shakeup, and they were never the kind of guys that make waves. Just steady and reliable. No one’s retiring. No major roster moves will be made.

      Next year though there is the possibility of retirements for Duncan, Manu, and Pop so I’m sure that’s going to create some waves as far as potential FA’s that could go to San Antonio. They’ll have a lot of cap space and Kevin Love has already said he’d like to go there. Add a guy like that to Leonard and another piece and they’re right back in the rings conversation. Especially if Pop decides to stick around for Leonard’s development while grooming a new Head Coach.

      • patfic5 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Agreed. I know that these sites need the hits to keep on producing. Nature of the beast.

  12. loubearkane - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    This taking less money is setting a bad precedent for when the CBA is up in 2017.

  13. tmdill18 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I like how a couple of media know nothing’s speculate that they may consider paying Wade 4 yrs for $48M to make it work with more money in the latter 2 years – then they all start reporting it as if it’s true. I doubt they have any interest in using up cap space in yrs 3 and 4 when he probably won’t even be in the league. Did these media guys even watch the finals? Wade is a 6’4″ guy who has no 3 pt range and can’t finish at the basket any more.He’s almost done. No big contract for him. There are some stupid as$ media.

  14. JT - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Born said hey I’m taking the max deal, Wade you opt out and take the MLE, Bosh you opt out and take around 10-12mil a year and we can use the rest of the money to get younger role players. Sources *Chris B voice jk

    http://thefrontofficenews.com/v2/2014/06/25/chaingang-nba-postseason-awards/

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      “Bron said hey I’m taking the max deal”

      This opting-out thing seems to be rocket science to some.

      • JT - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        Funny guy huh??

  15. tombstone7 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Please stop….I don’t care what they make or where they play….GO SPURS

  16. 00maltliquor - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Are they even friends with Bosh? Why can’t they let him tag along to the concert too? It’s like the press conferences, LBJ and Wade, then they leave Bosh get questioned by himself. Is he boring? Nerdy? A buzzkill? I kind of feel bad for Bosh lol

    • muathjam21 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      You don’t take dinosaurs to rap concerts.

    • muhangis - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      Most insightful comment here. I wondered the exact same

    • loungefly74 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Lebron, “yo, guys…i want some bling. i’m doing what i can to help out…i expect you guys to do the same.”

      Bosh, “well…i do have very nice houses. i gotta keep up on the mortgage, man.”

      Wade, (sits quietly at the table…drinking his soda out of a curly straw)

      Lebron, “so what’s up? Chris, just get a 40 foot pool instead of a 45…you’ll be fine.”

      Chris, “but, Bron! i’m a lanky guy! what will my kids think?!”

      Wade, “check please!”

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Bosh is not a party dude, not into rap.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Country?

  17. spyder9669 - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    In what world does chris bosh still command max money?? I can think of at least 20 dudes I’d rather have at his position. In fact..we can just stop calling them “the big 3″ that train has definitely left the station.

  18. redbaronx - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    @spyder – I didn’t believe Bosh deserved max money before he was in the Big 3, and now I’m not even sure he’s worth more than 10 mil a year. He’s making double that now @ around 20 mil a year.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      unfortunately, in a world where Kobe makes 24 and “average” guys make 10…Bosh has leverage. its all politics.

      • redbaronx - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        @loungefly74 – True. But I think some franchises are savvier than others when it comes to avoiding the trap of overpaying, and others that get suckered. Don’t get me wrong, I think Miami getting Bosh and LeBron was worth every penny. I just not sure that Miami should be paying 20 mil a year for Bosh at this point. 10 mil a year would be more like it.

  19. bbk1000 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Did these guys talk while attending a big, dumb and ugly convention?

    Bosh would be fine if he wasn’t a manservant to LeBron and Wade…

    The “Big Three” are now the “Big 2 1/4″ at best…..Bosh should take the money while he can and get out of town……

  20. sdlakerfan - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    BIG NEWS!!! 3 GUYS HAD LUNCH TOGETHER!!!

    Nobody knows what they talked about. Can we at least get an article from the waitress and find out what they ate?

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