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Thorn’s Nets are among the teams hoping to lure at least one of the
three stars this summer. The New York Knicks and Miami Heat – Wade’s
current team – also figure to be among the top bidders. In addition,
the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder,
Minnesota Timberwolves and perhaps even the Dallas Mavericks will have
(or potentially have) significant salary-cap room to spend on a
free-agent pool that could also include Amar’e Stoudemire, Dirk
Nowitzki, Joe Johnson, Carlos Boozer, Rudy
Gay, Shaquille O’Nealand David Lee(notes).
James, Wade and Bosh obviously figure to be the biggest movers and shakers, provided any of the three move at all. The trio’s current teams still hold strong hopes of re-signing them. For all of LeBron’s flirtations with New York, the Cleveland Cavaliers have given him a roster that now owns the NBA’s best record. The Heat have been a disappointment, but they also will have enough money to pair Wade with another top-level player should he decide to stay. And though Bosh has been pegged as the one most likely to leave, the Toronto Raptors’ recent success has at least quieted speculation they will look to deal their franchise star before the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
“I want to be in Miami,” Wade said. “I’ve said it from day one. I’m sure my team will do everything in their power to make sure we’re a winning team. But at the end of the day, we have to do it. People have to want to come and be in Miami.”
Translation: The Heat better get Wade some help if they want him to stay. Could that help become Bosh? Or, in a significantly less likely scenario, even James? That the three are friends and now represented by the same agency has contributed to speculation that two of them may try to play together. All three also have relationships with Nike, whose influence shouldn’t be discounted. And should any of the three players be willing to take less than the maximum salary, their options will only increase.