Knicks and Heat Aiming to Lure Bosh, Lebron and Wade
Old 02-25-2010, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I found this article on the NBA website. It sounds a little far fetched, but you never know. All I can say is that if this ever happens, I will never look at the NBA in the same light...

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A spending spree for three? Knicks, Heat think really big


Posted Feb 25 2010 10:07AM

Everyone thought it was a big deal when New York Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh cleared out enough salary cap space at the trade deadline to sign not one, but two max free agents this summer.

Not big enough.

Everyone figured that when Pat Riley couldn't come up with a game-changer of a deal for the stretch run this season that he was saving up all of his poker chips to get Dwyane Wade an A-list playmate as the grand plan in Miami.

Think grander. Think bolder. That's what the Knicks and Heat are doing.

Quite simply, it makes no sense to limit your vision or your reach, so the Heat and the Knicks won't. Think LeBron James, Wade and Chris Bosh all together on the same team. That's the play.
http://www.nba.com/2010/news/feature...s=iref:nbahpt1

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Old 02-25-2010, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I found an article similar to that on ESPN


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Blueprint for an NBA dynasty. Crazy? Sure. But think of all the possibilities in a LeBron/D-Wade/Bosh combo.
By Gene Wojciechowski
ESPN.com

How rich is LeBron James? Put it this way: When God needs some walking-around money, he borrows it from LBJ.


Dwyane Wade isn't exactly slumming, himself. Some people donate to a church; Wade bought a church for his minister mom.

And although Chris Bosh isn't in the same endorsement orbit as King James and D-Wade, he's still pushing $60 million in career salary earnings. So it's not as if Bosh is ordering the 89-cent, five-layer burrito from Denise.

LeBron, Wade and Bosh have money, lots of it. What they don't have is an NBA jewelry collection. Of their combined 30 fingers, only one has actually had an NBA championship ring wrapped around it.

Wade won his title in 2006, but the Miami Heat haven't sniffed a playoff-series win since then. James' Cleveland Cavaliers reached the Finals in 2007 -- and got swept. Bosh's Toronto Raptors have been to the postseason twice but haven't made it out of the first round.

All that could change if James, Wade and Bosh decide to put dynasties over dollars, basketball legacies over bank accounts. They just need a dotted line and some stones as big as the ones in Olympic curling.

As ridiculous as it sounds, there exists a scenario in which these three guys could play on the same team and win championships happily ever after starting next season. For once, someone could say, "It's not about the money," and actually mean it.
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Old 02-25-2010, 01:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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that's just a pathetic angle, the fact that two sources brought it up the same day makes you wonder how objective they are.


in any case, there's a higher chance the earth is destroyed by a comet this summer, than seeing wade, Bosh and lebron signing for 11 million with any team.

and if I was the NBA, I would move hard to dissallow a player to take an offer that's more than 20% worse than the best offer he can get. WHat if kobe, carmelo, paul, duncan and dirk decide to sign each for MLE with LA when they become FA?

Having players sign for less than what they're entitled is basically cheating the CBA - and it should not be allowed. You have to give some room for non-monetary benefits (weather, a nicer city, better marketing possibilities), but 20% should cover that.
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that's just a pathetic angle, the fact that two sources brought it up the same day makes you wonder how objective they are.


in any case, there's a higher chance the earth is destroyed by a comet this summer, than seeing wade, Bosh and lebron signing for 11 million with any team.

and if I was the NBA, I would move hard to dissallow a player to take an offer that's more than 20% worse than the best offer he can get. WHat if kobe, carmelo, paul, duncan and dirk decide to sign each for MLE with LA when they become FA?

Having players sign for less than what they're entitled is basically cheating the CBA - and it should not be allowed. You have to give some room for non-monetary benefits (weather, a nicer city, better marketing possibilities), but 20% should cover that.
What if they promise not to play their best all the time? Can they take less money then?
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that's just a pathetic angle, the fact that two sources brought it up the same day makes you wonder how objective they are.


in any case, there's a higher chance the earth is destroyed by a comet this summer, than seeing wade, Bosh and lebron signing for 11 million with any team.

and if I was the NBA, I would move hard to dissallow a player to take an offer that's more than 20% worse than the best offer he can get. WHat if kobe, carmelo, paul, duncan and dirk decide to sign each for MLE with LA when they become FA?

Having players sign for less than what they're entitled is basically cheating the CBA - and it should not be allowed. You have to give some room for non-monetary benefits (weather, a nicer city, better marketing possibilities), but 20% should cover that.
I don't think any of them will take less than they're worth. Maybe a million or two less at the most...

None of these guys is Michael Jordan and I can't see them taking significant cuts to make a team like this one...
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Having players sign for less than what they're entitled is basically cheating the CBA - and it should not be allowed. You have to give some room for non-monetary benefits (weather, a nicer city, better marketing possibilities), but 20% should cover that.
LOL

Al Pacino can't take less money if he likes the movie too then?

get that weak stuff outta here

articles are just a bunch of speculation, I didn't read anything new here.
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hmmmmm. last time i checked cleveland's already playing for a ring. lebron is going to get paid, and his team is the best in the league with a nice mixture of young talent and veteran leadership.
they're well coached, and will probably be playing the lakers for the bext three or four years barring injuries.
this is in plain sight of these so-called experts, and yet, being true "journalists", they ignore the obviousness for a smoke screen.
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Some of these writers must live in Disneyland and probably also dream in cartoons! No-one of those three is gonna take less money.
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LOL

Al Pacino can't take less money if he likes the movie too then?

get that weak stuff outta here
I think you don't understand the CBA. There is no cap system in movies, but in basketball there is. There are very tough rules that prevent under the table deals, like a player signing for less money, but getting some kind of side-benefits. That's cheating under the current CBA deals, and it's punished very severely.

The cap system was put in place to prevent teams with large pockets to outspend teams with lower budgets. The goal is to maintain a fairly even playing field, where teams like SAS or Detroit can win a championship.

Therefore, teams who play by the rules, can only get so much value for their money. If a player decides to accept less money that he's worth, he is giving an unfair advantage to his team. That's cheating, de jure, if not de facto.

Of course, the idea is fairly absurd, for one, the agents would be extremely pissed, and players likewise (how can a player asks for 12/year when lebron only got 11?). Stern would probably have mixed feeling about it, but he would have to put the hammer down in order to salvage the CBA. The other owners would be livid, and I'm sure kobe, dirk and the other super stars would not look kindly to it. And even lebron would probably have a big issue, if he wins 6 titles, he would not get nearly the same recognition MJ, or even kobe or duncan get. And if they don't, you can imagine what that would do to his image ....
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I'd have to agree with the image part, especially with Lebron. If it were to happen, they would say he couldn't win a championship without collaborating with his chums.
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