If you have an affiliation in any way at all to the Miami Heat then the NBA Finals were an absolute embarrassment. The five game mauling by the San Antonio Spurs should serve as a massive wake up call to the Floridian franchise and proved that much needs to be done if they are to improve and make a run at getting back the title from those pesky Texans.
The Big One
It’s time to pay LeBron like the best player in the world that he is. We are currently living in a world where the four-time MVP is earning less than Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh just simply aren’t up to the standard of performance that should see them netting $20million dollars a year each.
All three of their futures are intrinsically linked right now entering the free agency period with what the others choose. If all three players bypass their opt-out clause, they would account for more than $61 million of salary cap that is projected to be about $63 million next season. That means Miami, which could have as many as 14 of its 15 players enter free agency next month, would have to scrape the barrel to bring in role players for the side with Ray Allen potentially retiring and others looking set to leave for more money elsewhere.
That really cannot happen. Wade and Bosh need to know where there place is in the Heat ranks. They aren’t as good as they were when they all became teammates back in 2010, whilst James has retained his position as the best there is. If Bosh and Wade are greedy then they will opt out of their clauses, possibly forcing James out and their chances of winning any more titles go with it.
Those two need to drop down and take $10million or so dollars a season, allowing James a healthy pay raise and the chance to get a fourth piece into that side, someone along the lines of Eric Bledsoe.