Chris Bosh has decided (been coerced for the better) into teaming up with Dwyane Wade in South Beach. Queue the Jan Hammer soundtrack, waves crash on the beach, bikini clad women casually stroll by, wide shot of the skyline, street level pan down Ocean Drive, a Ferrari Testarossa screeches to a stop. Out from the white Ferrari step Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh clad in the finest tee shirts and sport coats, with sleeves rolled up, that money can buy. (*Guitar wails*) The new incarnations of Crockett and Tubbs have arrived.
Bosh teaming up with Wade in Miami is certainly the kind of sexy move that free agency has been waiting for. (Will they ever change the county name back to Miami-Dade or will it be forever Miami-Wade?) Is it really a surprise to anyone, though? Each star is represented by the same agent, Henry Thomas, so there was undoubtedly quite a bit of communication between the two through him. This move certainly trumps Amar’e Stoudemire’s move to the Big Apple from two days ago. Instantly Miami becomes relevant again instead of just being a one man team and easy first round bump in the road for the upper tier in the East. How Bosh will join the Heat is still up for debate, however. In recent days, the relationship between Bosh and what will now become his former team, the Toronto Raptors, has become strained to say the least. They have to also be dismayed at the task of finding another player that so closely resembles their namesake. Bosh will certainly get a max deal to sign in Miami but if he could convince the Raptors to let him go via sign-and-trade he would stand to make $125 million over six years as opposed to simply leaving as a free agent. If he were to join the Heat as a free agent the most he could make would be $96 million over five years. Working a sign-and-trade should prove to be difficult because as of this morning, Bryan Colangelo, the Raptors general manager, had still not been officially notified of Bosh’s planned departure.
Miami now must begin the process of filling out their depleted roster. As of right now only Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers are under contract with the team through next season. With the addition of Bosh and Wade the total comes to four. If a team with Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal could not win an NBA title then a team with only for players does not stand a chance. It is likely that the organization is patiently waiting for LeBron James to make his anticipated television announcement Thursday night at 8pm central, LeBronCon (this term is coined by the Beef), before they make efforts to bolster their roster. With the salary cap having yet to be set, the squeeze could be put on the Heat after Wade and Bosh sign with the team. It would be wise of them to reach agreements with some other free agents soon. They have been courting Udonis Haslem as evidenced by the team sending a bus load of fans to a surprise birthday celebration for him earlier this summer. Even if Haslem rejoins the team, there are still a number of open roster positions that need to be filled. Wade just recently stated that he and Bosh will take less money to help fill out the roster. That is a good first step. Contract signings can begin July 8th.
In other NBA news, Kevin Durant will sign a five year extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder. This is great news for the young franchise as keeping him paired with Russell Westbrook should be the team’s top priority. Their second priority? Finding a center.
Also, Vinny Del Negro is the new head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Clippers fans should celebrate because under Del Negro the Bulls reached the playoffs two years in a row without a winning record. Oh wait, the Clippers are in the West. You can stop celebrating now, Clippers fans. That includes you too, Billy Crystal.