One of the most intriguing rumors so far for the "NBA-free-agent-class-of-a-generation" has surfaced in Miami, where a source close to Dwyane Wade's camp says that it's conceivable that Wade, LeBron and Chris Bosh will all end up on the same Miami Heat team this summer.
My colleague and friend Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported this, writing in part "The Miami Heat just might win a triple crown."
Can you imagine what this would do to the NBA -- and to the Bobcats? Talk about an unfair advantage. It is to the best interest of the Bobccats and, to a much greater extent, the NBA that this sort of "super-team" not get created. In 29 other NBA cities besides Miami, it would make people mad (although it's totally within the rules, just like a college football team getting the top 3 recruits in the country one year).
I don't ultimately see it happening -- I think that it'd be difficult to work out the money among 3 players who all would believe they deserve a maximum contract. And I'd rather not see it happen -- the NBA is more fun when the talent is spread out and the "8-10 teams can win the title" premise is actually viable.
Still, it's quite a thought to imagine. The NBA free agency period starts Thursday at 12:01 a.m., although binding contracts cannot be signed until July 8th. I'll be addressing this topic in more depth later this week in a column. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts about what a LeBron-Wade-Bosh trio would do in Miami and do to the league, please leave a comment below.
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