Bosh to Miami a done deal?
The first step of Pat Riley’s mater rebuilding plan might be near completion, if Miami Herald radio host and ESPN contributor Dan LeBatard is to be believed.
According to LeBatard, a sign-and-trade of Toronto forward Chris Bosh has been agreed to in principal. The Heat would acquire Bosh in exchange for Michael Beasley, Mario Chalmers and Joel Anthony. The Raptors would also get a trade exception in the deal, the value of which would depend upon the agreed-to contract of Anthony.
Any conversations held between Bosh and any member of Heat management prior to July 1 would certainly be considered tampering. The league takes tampering very seriously and may impose stiff penalties if it is discovered, though it traditionally does not investigate unless another team files tampering charges.
However, the rules regarding communications between fellow players (and friends) are much more slippery. It appears as if Wade has been acting as the unofficial spokesman for the Heat, and perhaps deserves the GM of the Year award for his efforts.
I hear bosh-miami is done… bosh-wade shared agent avoids tampering… its why beasley, chalmers, anthony still here… raptors get them
agree in principle… process plays out… pat riley got scorched on juwan howard but wade and bosh are just dealing with their agent.
If the report is true, it would certainly guarantee Wade’s return, and at the very worst a Wade/Bosh core in South Florida. But Riley and the Heat have much bigger dreams.
Such a tandem could make it nearly impossible for LeBron James to resist. James has repeatedly insisted that his singular goal is winning championships. If he is to be believed, it is difficult to imagine a better scenario than this.
Of course, it has been suggested that LeBron would be unwilling to accept fewer dollars than Bosh, who is widely considered more of a complementary piece. A sign-and-trade scenario for Bosh would afford the Toronto forward a 6-year, $125.5 million contract. James, whose Cavaliers team appears adamant in refusing to participate in such a trade scenario despite its better judgment, would be eligible for a 5-year deal worth $96.1 million.
If Wade were to re-sign, Bosh were to be acquired via sign-and-trade and LeBron were to be acquired via free agency, maximum contracts for the triumvirate would look as follows:
Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh:
The annual difference in salary after 2010-11 would be due to the fact that Wade and Bosh will have been signed utilizing full Bird rights, which allows for 10.5% annual raises, versus 8.0% for all others. Such rights also allow for contracts to be signed for up to 6 seasons in length, versus 5 for all others.
While surrendering the sixth season seems unlikely for either Bosh or Wade, it is certainly conceivable that the pair could agree to reduced 8.0% annual raises – less than their maximum potential 10.5% – to make the three contracts equivalent.