LeBron James has told Miami Heat of his intentions to leave the Eastern Conference franchise at the end of the season but to add to the disappointment Heat fans have been left with, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade may join the small forward, according to Yahoo! Sports.
This season Miami were close to completing the three-peat but fell at the last hurdle losing in the NBA Finals to San Antonio Spurs who grasped their revenge from their defeat last year and hammered Erik Spoelstra's men 4-2.
Speaking to Yahoo! Sports, both Chris Bosh's agent, Henry Thomas and Miami Heat President made it clear where both players' futures lay with the three-time NBA Champions.
Thomas stated that Bosh is still unclear of where his future lies, as the 30-year-old has spent four years with the Miami franchise.
While Miami President Pat Riley believed that Wade is looking for a way out, and that the 32-year-old has been a key source to Miami's success.
"Today we were notified of Dwyane Wade's intention to opt-out of his contract," Pat Riley said.
"Dwayne has been the cornerstone of our organisation for over a decade and we hope he remains part of the Heat family for Life."
If all three players decide to opt out, Miami could be looking at a saving of around $66 million in salary costs.
But then again Bosh and Wade have been just as important as LeBron James to the previous two titles Miami have won in three years.
Both players have featured in the NBA All-Star team for ten years running, as Miami have been a strong force for a good decade.
This season Chris Bosh played 79 games in the regular season where the centre averaged 16.2 a game in 32 minutes of play.
Bosh later managed to have a less-effective play-off campaign featuring 20 times for Miami on route to the final where he averaged more minutes but scored less points, averaging 14.2 points a game.
Wade however this campaign only featured 54 times in the regular season, averaging 19 points and 32.9 minutes a game.
But when it came to the post season Wade also featured 20 times and managed 17.8 points a game, but in the Finals the shooting guard wasn't as inspiring for Miami with the 32-year-old averaging 15.2 points in the finals, the lowest averages in the play-offs.
James coming out to state his desire to leave has been picked up by his teammates, and it seems the other players have given up on remaining in Miami, as now other franchises will be hoping to grasp the chance to offer the maximum deal for one of Heat's heroes.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms