The Miami Heat have a whole lot on their plate right now. They’re trying to make it to a fourth straight NBA Finals, trying to complete the Three-Peat and on top of that, have their immediate future not planned out — at least, if you’re willing to believe the reports.
The newest of those states that the Heat’s Big Three plans on meeting after the season to, in a way, determine what they’re going to do about their “opt-out” ability this summer.
Wade revealed on Tuesday as part of an interview for the cover story of an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine that the three, who have gone to three straight Finals and won the last two, plan to have that conversation at some point.
“I’m at a position where I don’t really have to worry about it,” said Wade, who also won a title for the Heat in 2006. “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.”
In order to avoid “repeater tax”, which would eventually triple or quadruple luxury tax penalties from their rates when the Big Three signed in 2010, one (if not all) is going to have to restructure their deal(s) one way or another.
Still, you just don’t get the sense that LeBron James would leave the comfort level that he has found in Pat Riley, Eric Spoelstra and South Beach. Then again, many didn’t think he would ever leave Cleveland. We all know what happened shortly after. It appears that if the Big Three are breaking up, it’s going to be a consensus decision, which would avoid the potential for a “bad ending” — you’d think.