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Agent for Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade says “nothing has changed” in free agency

Jul 6, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh AP

Another day, another non-update “update” on the Miami Heat and free agency.

While rumors fly the camps of the actual players in question — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — have been very quiet. The agents have taken meetings and had some preliminary talks from teams, but they are not making commitments and have not been the sides leaking/talking. (If you hear something, assume it’s from a team and take with the appropriate grains of salt.)

For Wade and Bosh, it’s a waiting game — see how Pat Riley does restocking the team, see how LeBron reacts to it (and how they feel about it) then make their next moves. Michael Wallace of ESPN spoke to Wade/Bosh’s agent who said it is status quo right now.

The agent for Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh said his clients continue to sort through their options and that “nothing’s changed” in their approach since the July 1 start of free agency….

“They appreciate what they’ve done in Miami those four years together, and they want to make sure they have a chance to have that same success the next four (years),” said Thomas, who attended Sunday’s games at the Orlando Pro Summer League. “With Dwyane, he’s been there his entire career, so he’s in a unique situation. Chris has made it known how he’s felt about being in Miami these four years.”

Wallace summed up what is going on with the Heat well.

Riley is trying to work his magic, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Williams is an interesting fit with the Heat, guy with all the physical tools and a very laid-back, passive game. If LeBron and company could light a fire under him it could be a great signing (and ease the burden on Wade), but more likely this is Michael Beasley 2.0 (with fewer off the court issues).

LeBron has all the reasons in the world to be patient. The same is true for Wade and Bosh. Pat Riley is getting a sense of who he can and can’t sign, but until he has firm financial requests from Wade and Bosh he doesn’t know specifically what he can offer. This could be the case where all of the “big three” sign just after the 10th somewhere then a host of quick moves come to grab guys happens.

Or, maybe it goes sideways.

Most people around the league still think it’s the former, but nobody is betting the rent on it.

  1. jetsfaninindy - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    I think Bosh and Wade got bad advice. Why opt
    out of max deals? Wade is on his way out due to
    health (or lack of). Bosh became soft. They will
    get 50 cents on the dollar of the contract they opted
    out on.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      How many times do they have to say the same thing before it gets through? They don’t mind sacrificing dollars to help the roster to keep contending for rings.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        What sacrificing? They only took 2 million less than they could have. Not a big deal considering there’s no state tax in Florida. Now LeBron wants the Max! It’s clear Wade & Bosh were overpaid this year anyway. The idea that they “sacrificed” is nonsense.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Initially? Wade took a $17 million cut. Bron and Bosh about $15 million.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:09 AM

        Once again you are totally wrong on your facts. This proves you have no clue. LeBron & Bosh made $19,067,000 per year. The most they could have gotten was $21,000,000. Wade took in $18,670,000. Wade could have gotten $23,000,000 per year because he was re-signing with his own team. Considering there is no state tax, they took home more money than they could have anywhere else, so really there was no sacrificing money.
        All you do is post nonsense on here & make up stats. Face it, your team failed in what they said they would accomplish & they are screwed because no one wants to go there with overpaid players like Bosh & Wade.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:21 AM

        You’re only talking about yearly salary. I’m talking about total salary. LeBron and Bosh agreed to cut $15 million off their contracts to make room for Udonis Haslem.

        These numbers come from a Sun-Sentinel article titled “Udonis Haslem’s return is one of sacrifice” written by Dave Hyde in 2011:

        “Because what happened next as Haslem arrived at the Heat office was Wade got on the phone to LeBron James.

        ‘I asked if he’d take less [money] to sign U.D.,’ Wade said.

        About $15 million less, to be exact.

        ‘He didn’t hesitate,’ Wade said.

        James didn’t know Haslem well. Nor did Chris Bosh, who Wade called next. And perhaps Bosh’s sacrifice was bigger. He’s doesn’t fill a treasure chest in endorsements each year.

        ‘I said to go for it,’ Bosh said. ‘That’s not a small amount of money. But if we were going to come together, we wanted to have enough pieces to win.’

        Wade already figured he was in for a $17 million cut.”

        So… you know… you’re wrong.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        LeBron signed a 6 year deal for $110 million, with an opt out at year 5. He knew full well he was going to seek the max after opting out. Bosh the same. Wade signed for $107.5 million, only 2.5 million less than LeBron & Bosh. Considering he’s older & on the decline he got more than he deserved. Taking the last 4 years into consideration LeBron & Bosh gave up $10 million, averaging 2.5 million a year. With no state tax in Florida they still made more than they would have anywhere else.
        Sorry but I’m not wrong! Keep buying into all the crap the Heat want you to believe.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Yes, LeBron and Bosh signed for $110 million. Wade for $107.5 million. The max each of them could’ve signed for in 2010 was $125 million (the sign and trades with Toronto and Cleveland made that possible for Bosh and James in Miami). After Miami completed the sign and trade with Cleveland, LeBron thought he was going to be making that $125 million – until Wade called about Haslem.

        And the tax excuse doesn’t factor when the choice for James was $125 million in Miami or $110 million in Miami. He went with $110 million in Miami.

        The difference between 125 and 110 is 15, right? So since you said that number was “totally wrong” that makes you… take a guess… totally wrong.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      I’m not a Heat fan…

      But I think both D Wade and Bosh have been around enough, signed a couple of deals already, won championships and understand how the business side of the game works.

      Sure they talked scenarios out with their agent but it is D Wade and Bosh making the decisions in these cases, not their agents.

      They aren’t two dumb green young guys with no clue about the league…

      I believe the rumors that Bosh’s agent was looking around (in case LBJ leaves as he would bolt for the most money he could get, max most likely)…

      But, if LBJ comes back, he’s told his agent he’s staying with LBJ and will take less to play with Lebron.

      So, no Lebron, he wants max dollars…

      With Lebron, he’ll sacrifice and it wasn’t his agent giving him this “advice”.

    • ranfan12 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      bosh became what erik wanted him to be. and made the most of it for a couple of years, but it’s not enough anymore.

    • bknowledge - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Wade, Bosh and Lebron won’t lose any money if they don’t want to…Lebrion can get a max anywhere…Bosh can get a near max almost anywhere…If Lebron leaves…Miami would offer max deals to Bosh and Wade (Bosh may stay or go to Houston)…If Bosh and Lebron leave Miami, Miami will definitely give Wade a max for staying…
      They only way Wade and Bosh get less than a max is if they chose to stay with Lebron in Miami…my guess is Lebron said hey…if you wanna stay with me here in Miami, you better take less (Like close to 10/12 mil a year); if you don’t, I’m leaving maybe…

  2. andreboy1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Marvin Williams will really put them over-the-top against the Spurs next year.

    • dj3garrett - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      Maybe it’s a combination of Marvin Williams along with other role players… Fans from other teams used to knock Diaw, Mills, Splitter, and Green the same way you’re knocking Williams today… Under the right situation he could become a good 3 and D role player (which is what Miami needs)…

    • antistratfordian - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      dj3P0 said it well. Who would’ve thought that it was going to be chubby Diaw who put the Spurs over the top against the Heat?

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        Pop…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        Even Pop-san didn’t really know. If he did he would’ve started Diaw in Game 1.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        just trying to be cute Anti…

        and a bit contrarian since it’s you…

        now to be real. no, not even Pop could have KNOWN without a doubt…

        but, Pop wanted every man on that team. he’s instilled a system and he gets pieces that he thinks will work for his teams each year and sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t.

        overall, I think that Pop believes that SOMEONE on the team will come through if he (POP) does his job right and puts them in the right position to succeed.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      Marvin Williams. That’s the plan. Marvin Williams. Wow.

  3. bostonian13 - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Smh. This site is becoming TMZ 2.0. I’ll start clicking articles for deals that are signed, or you know, when they about any other team besides the Heat.

    • bostonian13 - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Talk*

    • dj3garrett - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      I highly doubt you and everyone who has thumbed up your comment… You guys are too in fascinated with Miami… You clicked on a Heat article that had nothing to do with an actual signing to comment on how you won’t be clicking on articles that aren’t about actual signings, especially if it’s the Heat… Ok…

      • bostonian13 - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        Wrong buddy. I actually clicked this article just to skip to the comments (like everyone else including you does) to write this comment. Far from fascinated with the Heat, huge Lebron fan but hate bandwagon fans like you and Heat fans. This site writes the same story, with a few different words and a whole bunch of typos like 5 times a day.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        ya know… I’ve heard that folks on TMZ don’t really read their articles…

        they just log on and make comments…

        oh, NOW we know who’s turning this site into TMZ…

  4. dj3garrett - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Wade should be willing to accept a 4 year, 40 million dollar deal… He’s far from the player he was back in 2010… He should take a look a Duncan and Dirk… The way they’ve taken a lot less for the good of their franchise, while making vet little from endorsements… I think Bosh deserves around 14 mil/year for his role in Miami… He may be a 20 and 10 guy for another team but his production in Miami isn’t close to that… Lebron obviously deserves the max… That would be 44 mil between the three of them… Leaves like 22 million to fill the roster with good role players… MO Williams, Marvin Williams, and possibly Gasol… Bring back Ray, UD, Bird, and Beasley. .. Bring over Ennis. ..

    Pg: Mo, Cole, Shabazz
    Sg: Wade, Ray, Ennis
    Sf: Lebron, Marvin, Beasley
    Pf: Bosh, UD
    C: Gasol, Bird

    It’s wishful thinking but what fan doesnt?

    • bostonian13 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Yeah because the Heat have billion dollar cap space….

      • dj3garrett - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        How do you need a billion dollar cap space to sign Mo Willians, Marvin WILLIAMS and Gasol if he accepts 10 a year? Mo played at 2.5 last season and Marvin was over paid at 7.5 last season… Haslem played for 4 but is willing to take a cut… Beasley at minimum. .. Bird at minimum… Ray at 3… You’re acting like the role players I mentioned can demand a lot after the horrible showings they had in the playoffs…

    • jeffkx - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      hahaha LeBron’s long gone son..

  5. december77 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Who is out there on the market that Miami can afford that will convince Lebron to resign? Do you really expect Lebron to say, “Wow, Marvin Williams! Now I’m really gonna resign. Sign me up now!” Why get excited for Michael Beasley 2.0 when Michael Beasley 1.0 didn’t work?

    • dj3garrett - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Michael Beasley and Marvin Williams play nothing a like. .. Beasley is know for being a good all around scorer but is horrible on the defensive end… Williams is known for shooting 3’s and playing good defense which is two areas they lacked in during the finals…

  6. tampajoey - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    So Bosh and Wade are Lebron’s Bltches.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Beetch and Beyotch…

      which is which again?

      oh yea, the Bostrich is the beyotch and D Wade is beetch…

      hey beyotchasaurus…

  7. clevelandrox - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    LOL…

    • kinggw - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:51 AM

      Poor Cleveland fans. Broussard is about to make you guys look like fools again.

      • jeffkx - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:02 AM

        ha yea..come back and say dumb comments like that again this afternoon around 4pm..we’ll see who the fools are..

  8. lakerade - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    If that’s how it plays out, at the very least Riley has bought himself the time to make the first move. Once Lebron decides, the dominoes will fall fast leaguewide, don’t want to get caught as things firm up.

  9. sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Lebron remains comfortably in the eye of the hurricane…

    everyone else is getting pounded…

    • zoomy123 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Lebron James is colder than ice-water. He really learned his lesson from 2010: Send everybody to Rich Paul (his agent); make your demands clear and known; don’t say a word about anything after that; leave the country. Check, check, check, and check.

  10. bballhistorian - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Smart for no one in the Big 3 to start talking now.

    THINK ABOUT IT….if all of them said they opted in on July 1st, then other teams wouldve closed in on the other Free Agents they wanted. By keeping their mouths shut, teams are reluctant to make moves, which gives Pat Riley the chance to talk to some of the other free agents, and get one to sign with them. Then Riles goes to the Big 3 saying “this is what I got”, then all 3 resign to new deals.

    Pat Riley —- free agent mastermind.

  11. seasickcecil - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Mastermind? Riley is a grease head snake oil salesman who was very fortunate when things worked out the way they did in 2010. Lard head is not going to get any top tier free agent to sign for 1/3 of what their worth to play for a team that just suffered the worst beat down in NBA finals history. Even if Lebron is stupid enough to sign again with the Heat he will have a yearly opt out. Well at lest they got Shabez whatever his name is lol.

  12. ranfan12 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    “ESPN Expert panel 2010 LeBron prediction: 74% #Cavs 15% #Knicks 5% #Heat 4% #Nets 2% #Celtics”

  13. robigd - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Everybody knows LeBron stays in East. God forbid he have a challenging series before the Finals.

  14. seasickcecil - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    A lot of uncertainty here. All I know for sure is that Pat Riley will wake up tomorrow and apply a pound of lard to his head. You can take that to to the bank.

  15. seasickcecil - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Pat Riley is all excited because he is going to be talking to a free agent. So he wakes up in the morning and sticks his head into his bucket of lard. He sticks his head in the bucket a second time because he wants to look pretty for the free agent. The free agent enters the room and Pat says “how would you like to sign for 1/4 of what your worth to play with Lebron and contend for a championship?” The free agent says “last time I checked Lebron was still a free agent. And what’s with all that lard on your head?” The free agent leaves signs with another team and Riley goes shopping on Amazon for a fresh bucket of lard.

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