Sun-Sentinel: James, Bosh Playing the 2010 Waiting Game
Old 08-09-2009, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The 2009 offseason essentially is over for LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Both have decided to bypass the option of extending their contracts this summer, with the focus now on their 2010 opt-outs.

Dwyane Wade hasn't made as public a proclamation as James did Friday, when the Cavaliers forward said, "I signed a contract in 2006 with an option, and it would make no sense for me to sign that contract if I didn't keep my options open. I'll let you fill in the blanks." But it is clear that Wade is pursuing the same course.

From a Heat perspective, keeping an eye on the fortunes of the Cavaliers and Raptors could be as significant as the Heat's own place in the standings. Neither Cleveland nor Toronto has much in the way of 2010 cap space to make a significant change through free agency next summer if things don't work out this coming season.

In Cleveland, it comes down to whether Shaquille O'Neal has anything left, doesn't rub LeBron the wrong way, and whether Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon can take care of the wing deficit.

In Toronto, it comes down to whether Hedo Turkoglu can recapture the magic from his time in Orlando and whether Jay Triano can make it work in his first full season as coach.

In many ways, Triano and Cavaliers coach Mike Brown are on the hottest seats in the league. They not only must inspire confidence from their teams in 2009-10, but also inspire enduring confidence from their stars.

James and Bosh officially have signed up for the waiting game. Because of that, Pat Riley essentially has signed up for Cavaliers and Raptors season tickets. The Heat figures to keep as attentive an eye on those teams' 2009-10 fates as what transpires at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if anything, wade is the one most likely to leave. Miami havent done much to convince wade to stay this off season, and i have read that he wont sign untill more tallent is brought in. I would say Wade is the most likely to bolt beucase Miami is the only team that hasent done much this off season.....and tey still have oneal cloging 22 million up.

oh and side note...its really funny how Cleavland thinks they are going all the way now that they have a 35 year old parker and a 30 whatever year old moon and a 200 year old Oneal... Good like again cleaveland Lebron's
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wade + lebron would be a mistake imo. They are too redundant and there's a guarantee of conflict when times are tough. Of course, the likeliest scenario is that Bosh and lebron will stay with their teams, and wade will bolt for chicago or some other place where he has a chance of winning. Miami will NOT make the playoffs this season.

the other thing is that wade is pretty old. At 29 (next summer), with his style of play and his history of injuries, he's a somewhat risky player to sign to a max contract.
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Lebron may just bolt, because the Shaq/AP/Moon deals will fall very flat. They have almost overnight gotten old. They'll be lucky to get out of the second round imo. Remember i said this.

And if Lebron has some kind of major injury they won't even make the playoffs, their bench stinks.

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