Dwyane Wade: ‘Big 3’ will meet before all decide on future, free agency
Dwyane Wade claims in a cover story for ESPN The Magazine that he, LeBron James and Chris Bosh will engage in serious discussions before any of them determines what the future holds for all three and ultimately, the future of the Miami Heat has well.
Wade, James and Bosh can all opt out of their respective deals with the Heat on June 30, and much like the so-called “Big Three” did in 2006 before agreeing to join forces in South Beach, the three will sit down and hash things out.
Of course, James’ decision is the biggest and will have the most profound impact on what all three players decide to do, but both Wade, who is due $42 million over the next two years, and Bosh, still would attract significant interest on the free agent market should they opt-out of their current deals.
“I’m at a position where I don’t really have to worry about it,” said Wade, according to ESPN.com. “I’ve been with the same organization for now 11 years. We’ve won multiple championships, so it’s no reason where I need to think about that yet. I’m not at a point where we are a bad team and I need to think about the future so right now I’m really focused on just enjoying this team, enjoying our quest to try to ‘Three-peat.’ And when the season is over, and whatever happens, then I will sit down and I will sit down with Chris and I will sit down with Bron and I will sit down and make the best decision for myself and my family.”
Wade indicated that having opt-out clauses in their contracts after three years was a conscious and agreed-upon stipulation before any of the three signed their deals with the Heat, but none of them have discussed whether any of them will exercise the option come June.
“When we sat down and we signed our deals and all of us made sure we had an opt out in that fourth year, that was our option, so the option is there and you would hope that someone wants to be able to use their option as a player.
“As players, you only have so much time and you only have so many moments where you have the ability to control your own fate, so it’s not a bad thing at all if that’s what someone is thinking. I haven’t had that conversation with Chris. I haven’t had that conversation with Bron,” Wade said.
In the end, if LeBron decides to stay — Bosh previously stated he believes LeBron will be back –the decisions by Wade and Bosh become that much simpler, and like dominoes, the two will fall in line with King James. At least that’s the reasonable assumption. LeBron’s “Should I stay or should I go?” conundrum may ride on how the team performs in the playoffs and if the Heat are able to three-peat. If Miami does, it may be very difficult to resist the lure of all three returning to make a run at a four-peat.
Let’s just hope if that is how it plays out, the “Big Three” exercise a little more humility and class than they did the first time around when deciding to join forces (above photo).
And if not? No more hackneyed farces like “The Decision” for LeBron. No one needs another one of those ridiculous sideshows.