LeBron James and Dwyane Wade Have Talked About Becoming Teammates
The 2010 NBA offseason has been a constant source of speculation for about two full seasons now. Franchise-altering talents LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are free agents, along with fellow superstars like Chris Bosh, Amar'e Stoudemire and Dirk Nowitzki.
James is obviously the top prize, with Wade a close second. Both have, at times, done their part to stop the panic that they would spurn their current teams and sign deals to play in a big market, like New York or Chicago.
Well, Wade's comments to Peter Vecsey of the New York Post are surely going to rile up fans in Miami and Cleveland:
"A lot of times in this league, players usually wind up going where they can get the most money. We're both blessed within that area. We've made a lot of money. So we wanted to base our decision on two things, the organization and the ability to win a title. And that's what we'll do. When the season is over, we plan to sit down and talk about it.
"I'm not saying it will happen. But I'm intrigued by the idea."
Now, the thinking has been that the Knicks, even with cap space, would probably not be able to fit two max deals under the salary cap, which is likely to go down in 2010. But if Wade and/or James is willing to play for less money ... it's conceivable that arguably the two best players in the NBA could end up on the same team.
It's still a pipe dream, but Wade's comments are the strongest yet on a topic that he's probably asked about every day, and usually just gives bland, non-committal answers to. Either he's seriously considering leaving Miami or he has some other agenda.
Something working in favor of Miami and Cleveland is the young age of both superstars. Athletes talk occasionally about taking less money to play for titles, but that's usually when they are on the downside of their careers, when they've made significant money and have nothing left to prove. Wade already has a title. Both guys will have only had three years making max money when this season's over. It's hard to believe they would totally spurn a larger offer from their current teams to take less money elsewhere.