First, Chris Bosh said that both he and LeBron James would be apart of the Miami Heat next season. Then, Dwyane Wade said that the Big Three would sit down after the season to discuss their futures. Now, Heat President is saying that this is just the beginning for the Heat. At least, that was what he envisioned back when he originally signed LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade back in 2010.
But of course, first things first, Riley is going to have to get the three to all re-sign this summer (again), and potentially at a discount, in order to execute the rest of his mater plan. And he knows that it’s not going to be easy.
“I always have concern when players are in the situation they’re in. But we feel we have the best organization in the league for those players to stay, and to also attract others to want to come here. With our three guys, we hope that this turns into a generational team. And that it’s not just we’re at the end of this four-year run right now because players have some options this summer….”
The goal is to retool the Heat’s roster around James, Wade and Bosh to keep them together and in title contention for another handful of years and produce another dynastic decade. Despite difficult financial decisions looming amid a more punitive luxury tax set to kick in this offseason, Riley hopes to rely on three franchise pillars that have kept the Heat proactive and productive all these years. It starts with stability.
And that stability probably starts with Wade taking a huge pay cut. The matter of the fact is that Wade isn’t a max player (or close to that) anymore. However, it’s got to be tough for a player like Wade to take a discount after what we all saw what Kobe Bryant got a few months ago.
Though, for the sake of the team, you have to think that this whole operation starts and ends with Wade. He isn’t dumb. He can get paid almost anywhere else, but if he wants to keep this “dynasty” going in Miami he knows exactly how to keep it afloat — and that begins and ends with him creating money to avoid “repeater tax” and give the Heat financial flexibility going forward.
James and Bosh may follow suit with what Wade does, but you can make a great argument that the formers are way more worth the money than the latter. However, that’s entirely different argument in itself.
Clearly, it’s all easier said than done. After all, this is a business at the end of the day no matter how close James, Wade and Bosh are. But if anyone can do it, Riley is the man. He’ll get it done. Why should Heat fans doubt him now?