This summer, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh could all opt out of their current deals, and once again hit the free agency market.
Wade helped mastermind the forming of the Miami Heat Big Three back in 2010, and he’ll huddle with his two fellow All-Star teammates at season’s end to plot out their futures.
“I’m at a position where I don’t really have to worry about it,” said Wade, who also won a title for the Heat in 2006. “I’ve been with the same organization for now 11 years. We’ve won multiple championships, so it’s no reason where I need to think about that yet. I’m not at a point where we are a bad team and I need to think about the future so right now I’m really focused on just enjoying this team, enjoying our quest to try to ‘Three-peat.’ And when the season is over, and whatever happens, then I will sit down and I will sit down with Chris and I will sit down with Bron and I will sit down and make the best decision for myself and my family.”
“When we sat down and we signed our deals and all of us made sure we had an opt out in that fourth year, that was our option, so the option is there and you would hope that someone wants to be able to use their option as a player,” Wade said:
“As players, you only have so much time and you only have so many moments where you have the ability to control your own fate, so it’s not a bad thing at all if that’s what someone is thinking. I haven’t had that conversation with Chris. I haven’t had that conversation with Bron,” he added.
Wade is owed close to $42 million over the next two seasons, which would be the richest deal of his NBA career.
Miami’s front-office convinced LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to accept slightly less than the max four years ago, and with the threat of the “repeater tax” hanging over everything, Pat Riley and company will likely try to sell the discount idea again.