James, Bosh playing the 2010 waiting game
The 2009 offseason essentially is over for LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Both have decided to bypass the option of extending their contracts this summer, with the focus now on their 2010 opt-outs.
Dwyane Wade hasn’t made as public a proclamation as James did Friday, when the Cavaliers forward said, "I signed a contract in 2006 with an option, and it would make no sense for me to sign that contract if I didn’t keep my options open. I’ll let you fill in the blanks." But it is clear that Wade is pursuing the same course.
So now what, beyond the endless questions that will follow James, Bosh and Wade through the 2009-10 season?
From a Heat perspective, keeping an eye on the fortunes of the Cavaliers and Raptors could be as significant as the Heat’s own place in the standings. Neither Cleveland nor Toronto has much in the way of 2010 cap space to make a significant change through free agency next summer if things don’t work out this coming season.
In Cleveland, it comes down to whether Shaquille O’Neal has anything left, doesn’t rub LeBron the wrong way, and whether Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon can take care of the wing deficit.
In Toronto, it comes down to whether Hedo Turkoglu can recapture the magic from his time in Orlando and whether Jay Triano can make it work in his first full season as coach.