Before you shoot me down as being overly pessimistic, I am on record as saying that I believe Dwyane will re-sign with the Heat, and that all will be well in South Florida. But I believe it is important to be fair and objective and, particularly in light of all the questions I’ve been getting about it, to depict the alternate scenario. I will talk about it this once, and then leave it be. The Heat are a big part of my life, and I don’t like to think about it.
To fully comprehend the gravity of the impending Dwyane Wade decision is to understand the (lack of) alternatives should he decide to leave South Florida.
A number of NBA teams have cleared up cap space to recruit one, or possibly two, of the 2010 free agent megastars. The New York Knicks have cleared the decks, and are home to the center of the world. The New Jersey Nets have Jay Z and a new billionaire owner from Russia. The LA Clippers have cap space and the allure of SoCal. The Cleveland Cavaliers are LeBron’s hometown team and can pay him the most money. The Chicago Bulls have a truckload of cap space, and have the best core group of players under contract to build around.
Which brings us to the most intriguing team in the mix: our Miami Heat.
The Heat has burned the entire roster to the ground. It has pushed all of its chips into the middle of the poker table. We’re all in. We could hit the jackpot we’ve long been seeking and land two, or even three, maximum contract talents, or we could fall flat on our collective face.
The Heat currently has just Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley under contract. It has been long assumed that Wade would be back, and that his presence alone would be a major recruiting asset.
If Wade joins, Chris will follow, and maybe even LeBron.
But if Wade bolts, the Heat certainly doesn’t bring in Bosh or James. It would have to make an immediate about face, and turn its attention to other free agents, which doesn’t seem promising. Read more…