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Friday, October 31, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem Opt Out Of Their Deals, Bosh Rumored to Be Following Suit

From ESPN.com:

Dwyane Wade is opting out of his contract to join LeBron James in free agency.

So is Chris Bosh, sources tell ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

Wade told the Miami Heat on Saturday that he is opting out of the final two years on his contract, which means he is free to talk to any team on July 1. It’s the same option James exercised earlier this week.

The move also comes three days after Wade, James and Bosh met at a posh Miami Beach hotel to discuss their futures.

Also from ESPN.com:

Veteran power forward Udonis Haslem has opted out of his deal with the Miami Heat and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to a report.

Bleacher Report reported Saturday that Haslem did not exercise his $4.62 million player option and now is free to sign with any team — including re-signing a team-friendly deal with the Heat to create extra space under the salary cap — starting Tuesday.

Wow, that is a major turn of events. What if they all take long-term deals at lower salaries? They could not only have room to sign Melo, they would be opening up at least the room exception. as well (and possibly other exceptions like the mid-level exception and the bi-annual exception, depending on how they arrange their cap space). Riley called the idea of adding a fourth star a “pipe dream” recently, but I would have called having Wade and Haslem opt out of their contracts a pipe dream as well, and yet here we are.

52 comments on “BREAKING NEWS: Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem Opt Out Of Their Deals, Bosh Rumored to Be Following Suit

  1. Brian Cronin Post author

    That actually was a scenario that I had considered, but I was hoping Lebron wouldn’t do his teammates like that. But I guess Woj is saying it really did go down like, “You all can opt and spread your payments out over a longer period of time so that we can bring someone else in or else I’m just leaving.” If Lebron is not willing to take a pay cut, then it sounds like the fourth star couldn’t be Melo then. I imagine that it would be Lowry that they’d be targeting then.

  2. Brian Cronin Post author

    If Lebron goes to Houston, though, that would open up that seemingly hard to believe Harden for Melo sign and trade option.

  3. Zanzibar

    They could not only have room to sign Melo, they would be opening up the MLE and the BAE for them to use, as well.

    Brian, could you clarify how Heat would have access to mle and bae versus just the 2.7m room exception? If they S&T Bosh to another team, are they allowed to go over the cap and then have those exceptions? Just wondering the mechanism since this is quite important toward building depth in roster.

  4. Brian Cronin Post author

    Shit, you’re right, Zanzibar. Still, opening up the room exception is still good for them. On top of the mini-MLE.

  5. Zanzibar

    Still, opening up the room exception is still good for them. On top of the mini-MLE.

    I don’t think they would even have the mmle, just the room exception. But I fear there might be a way to stagger the transactions so they could receive the 5.5 mle and 2m bae using Bron and Wade’s opt-out bird rights and opt-in/trade (maybe extension) in the case of Bosh.

  6. JK47

    What do you do with Wade if you’re Miami? He looked pretty shot in the Finals, and that’s after they rested him so he’d be fresh. You can’t get rid of Wade since he’s like Mr. Miami. And Wade ain’t gonna play for peanuts.

  7. Brian Cronin Post author

    I imagine he’s been quietly told that they’ll resign him for five years/$60 million. So he’ll make more money longterm (as he wasn’t getting more than $20 million for the three years after this current contract runs out) but reduce his yearly salary to $12 million. Hell, probably even less for the first year.

  8. Zanzibar

    What do you do with Wade if you’re Miami? He looked pretty shot in the Finals, and that’s after they rested him so he’d be fresh. You can’t get rid of Wade since he’s like Mr. Miami. And Wade ain’t gonna play for peanuts.

    I’ve posted this many times before but it is in Wade’s financial interest to opt-out. Not opting out, he’s scheduled to make 41m in the next 2 years. How much would he make after that – max of 10m per year?

    Case 1 Not Opting Out: 20m-21m-max 10m-max 10m
    Case 2 Opting Out: 14m-14m-14m-14m

    He’d make about the same amount of money either way but would have more security by opting out and signing 4+ year deal. In case 1, what would happen if he suffered a career-ending injury? Or his performance just fell of a cliff in year 2? Wade, before opting out, probably told Riley the minimum he was willing to accept.

  9. Brian Cronin Post author

    I don’t think they would even have the mmle, just the room exception. But I fear there might be a way to stagger the transactions so they could receive the 5.5 mle and 2m bae using Bron and Wade’s opt-out bird rights and opt-in/trade (maybe extension) in the case of Bosh.

    I think your latter scenario is probably correct, as yeah, the room exception doesn’t help them as much as even the mini-MLE would, so what would be the point for them? So sure, some cap shenanigans leading to them being able to use some sort of other exception.

  10. Zanzibar

    I suspect the relationship between the Heat and LBJ is strained at the moment. Bron was reportedly miffed when Arison amnestied Miller to save money and didn’t use mle. Riley publicly challenging him not to bolt at the first sign of adversity (invoking names of greats who stayed the course) probably pissed off LBJ as well. Especially after he played mucho minutes dragging Bosh/Wade to NBA Finals just like in his Cleveland days. I think he’s kinda fed up at this stage. If LBJ/Melo in Houston gains traction, I hope LBJ is more pissed off at Heat than Melo at Phil so that Harden goes to Knicks in S&T instead of to Miami.

  11. Brian Cronin Post author

    He really should be pissed about the Mike Miller thing. Not only did it hurt the team. but he was also actually friends with Miller outside the team so it probably especially irked him.

  12. Farfa

    Well, the minor big two (Wade and Bosh) seem to have agreed to the pact, as underlined by the fact that Haslem has opted out. Very interesting to watch what LeBron will decide.

  13. Brian Cronin Post author

    Speaking of players being friends with each other outside the team, I wish that there was some sort of website or something that could actually substantiate exactly which players are friends in real life. Because just the last week, we had conflicting reports about Melo and Chandler being friends (I lean towards them not being friends). The only ones I can remember off the top of my head as being definitely true are Jordan and Oakley, the Knicks Super Friends from a couple of years ago (Jeffries, Fields, Lin and Novak), Chris Bosh and Jarrett Jack (Jack is apparently a super duper nice guy in real life – Chris Paul also really likes him) and Lebron and Mike Miller (which is such an odd friendship – Miller even named one of his kids after Lebron’s manager, Maverick Carter). I doubt everything else. Even Boris Diaw/Tony Parker seems more like a case of PR than anything else (“We were friends when we were kids, so we have to pretend that we’re still best buddies”).

  14. Brian Cronin Post author

    Yeah, while Wade opting out was the biggest domino (as Bosh could still theoretically get a max deal on his own – Wade could not), Haslem is a huge piece of the puzzle. The crazy thing is that they all don’t even need to take significant pay cuts to get enough money to sign Lowry. Melo would require them to give up a lot more money. Either way, this is huge news (hence me giving it its own thread).

  15. Sakei99

    I suspect the relationship between the Heat and LBJ is strained at the moment. Bron was reportedly miffed when Arison amnestied Miller to save money and didn’t use mle. Riley publicly challenging him not to bolt at the first sign of adversity (invoking names of greats who stayed the course) probably pissed off LBJ as well.

    Absofuckinglutely. As I pointed out in my Finals analysis awhile back, the loss of Mike Miller had a huge trickle down effect that hurt the Heat much more than his talent level would suggest. Especially for such a top heavy team.

    And you have to believe Lebron is fuming. Here he is, along with two of the best players in the world, busting their ass every night and taking a huge pay cut to do it. And the owner then has the nerve to take their sacrifice and immediately after winning their second Finals to cut a player crucial to it happening just so he can avoid the tax. If I’m the Big 3 I didn’t take a paycut so some billionaire could get even richer.

    Likewise, it’s hard to imagine that Riley’s press conference didn’t strike a nerve. Here he is making a big speech about sacrifice, while he hasn’t sacrificed a damn thing. And he straight-out lied right to their faces! “We didn’t amnesty Miller for tax reasons.” In the words of Zach Lowe, BullFuckingShit. And Lowe isn’t the kind of guy to needlessly toss around the insults. It’d be one thing to never speak of the incident again, it’d be another if Riley and Arison gave a mea culpa. But to turn it around and lie to my face and insult my intelligence. I can’t see how Lebron doesn’t take it any other way.

  16. Sakei99

    Despite all the betrayal though, Lebron really doesn’t have much choice but to stay. No other team, offers him a better chance of getting back to the Finals and both parties know it. I do think the betrayal though explains the new “I gotz to get paids” attitude on display. For anyone watching the Finals exit interviews, Lebron spent a surprising amount of time discussing how much his previous contract was unique and that he basically needed to make sure he was set-up financially this time around with his next contract. Now obviously, Lebron is already set. I see this more as his way of subtly saying I tried being nice, and u abused my trust, so now all bets are off.

    It’s also worth noting, Lebron has never been the highest paid player… on his own team. This from a guy who took a pay cut, just so his owner could stab him in the back. A guy who took a pay cut, just to hear idiots in the media call him out for being chicken while praising his opponents down the court for doing the same. A guy who took a pay cut so the highest paid player on the team could barely play half the games while he carried the load. If the reports of his demanding the max are to be believed, I’d imagine it’s essentially the result of a dog who’s been kicked one too many times.

  17. yellowboy90

    In an alternate reality this title read Breaking News: Amar’e Stoudemire and Andre Bargnani opt out of their deals.

  18. JK47

    Staying in Miami might guarantee a trip to the Finals for the next few years, but it doesn’t guarantee that he wins any finals. They were miles behind the Spurs this year, and it’s not hard to figure out why they got their butts kicked: they don’t defend well enough. The Spurs racked up astronomical eFG% in just about all of the Finals games, and they blew the Heat out. Shabazz Napier and Kyle Lowry aren’t gonna fix that, and neither quite frankly is Carmelo Anthony.

    Maybe LeBron is tired of the whole Miami soap opera, and is tired of being the heel. I don’t think it panned out there the way he expected; I think he just believed they’d blow the rest of the league away every year and everybody would just think it was so cool. Instead they’re the most hated sports team in America, and everybody loves it when they lose. If he stays in Miami it’s going to be more of the same. It’s going to be another several years of everybody wanting LeBron to lose, and probably getting their wish.

  19. Sakei

    Yea, and…? Nothing in life is guaranteed, except the hate of irrational internet jackasses. He’s got a few options, though Miami is clearly the best one. And if Rose really is done, that essentially means a free trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. After that it’s a coin flip to win the whole thing. Pretty dam good odds for one out of thirty teams.

    Meanwhile no matter how good you are in the West, every round is a potential elimination. Or did we just forget that near upset by the 8th seed Mavs.

  20. Jack Bauer

    @19 – good one. if only Stat & Bargs would opt out, that would solve a lot of cap problems. I am not counting on it in this reality.

    Speaking of reality, let’s be realistic , the overwhelming chances are LeBron stays with super friends in south beach. Despite all the comments above about things he is supposedly pissed at, Miami affords him both the best chance to win and the best chance to get paid. Miami doesn’t have to add a lot to pretty much guarantee a trip to the finals for the next couple of years at least. I would be very surprised if he ends up elsewhere, the scenarios just don’t pencil out ( except in the blogosphere)

    Pau would be a very nice addition for NY if they can make it happen. He would immediately be the best big on the roster.

  21. Zanzibar

    LBJ has to ask himself this: would Rockets or Heat give me the best chance to win the most chips over the next 4 years? Let’s compare the likely 8 man rotations, presuming both clubs would use 5m mle on same player:

    Howard > Bosh
    Harden > Wade
    Parsons> Haslem
    Jones > Vet min
    Lowry > Beverley
    Houston 2m bae > Napier or vet min player

    Houston is clearly the superior team. It’s younger (remember winning over 4 years) and better able to withstand injury. In fact, Houston would probably project to have the strongest 8-man rotation in the league over the next 4 years. Is that enough to outweigh tougher WC? I think so since conference strength is more difficult to project over a 4 year period. For example, Spurs are likely to fade over that period. Who knows where Durant will be in a couple of years? Heck Houston could trade Harden for Durant in 2016 if Durant wants out; Miami couldn’t make a better offer. Melo Bulls could be very strong next couple of seasons and Pacers could regroup. I’m sticking to my original prediction: 60% chance LBJ to Houston, 40% remains on Heat.

  22. thenamestsam

    This is total speculation obviously but I’m wondering if another factor in the surprising “Lebron wants a max deal” stories isn’t acrimony towards the owners as a whole. I think the whole Sterling fiasco really brought to the fore how bad the players got screwed in the last CBA. Sterling was not only a grade-A racist jackass but ran his team incompetently for decades, and walked away with a cool $2B to show for it. Obviously this wasn’t news, but it seemed like that price tag really brought the discussion to a head.

    And now Lebron, the best in the world at what he does, is hearing all this talk about how he should probably take a paycut, maybe make 7 or 8M a year if he wants to have a chance to win. A guy who, conservatively, is worth $50M a year to his owner. No surprise that he’s balking at that a bit.

  23. Sakei

    I’m sticking to my original prediction: 60% chance LBJ to Houston, 40% remains on Heat.

    I doubt it. What incentive would there be for Wade to opt out then. It would be financial suicide, he would literally be flushing $40 million down the toilet for no reason. And Haslem would be giving up the last (only?) big payday of his career. Why would a two bit role player nearing retirement just give up his entire financial security for no reason. I’d say at this point its a near lock they all resign together.

  24. Zanzibar

    What incentive would there be for Wade to opt out then. It would be financial suicide, he would literally be flushing $40 million down the toilet for no reason.

    I refer you to post #9 in this thread. It was in Wade’s financial interest to opt-out regardless of LBJ’s situation. You are not alone in believing that it would be financially stupid to opt-out; everyone including Windhorst is saying this. But I’d welcome you or anyone else to refute what I wrote in post #9 – maybe I’m missing something.

    And Haslem would be giving up the last (only?) big payday of his career.

    He would have made 4.6m. I suspect Riley has offered him 6m through the bae at 2m/year, freeing up 2.6m of cap.

    I looked at the decision purely from the vantage of winning chips. There may be other unknowable factors at work here which will influence his decision. Maybe he doesn’t want to live in Houston.

  25. BigBlueAL

    I would make fun of the Nets for this but since we are Knicks fans we have no right to make fun of dysfunction on other teams lol.

  26. Sakei

    Your missing Riley would have no possible reason to extend Wade and his dead knees another 4 years if Lebron isn’t on board. The only collateral Wade has, is that his bff wants to play with him, other wise the Heat would just as soon dump his ass on the side of the road let alone him extend him after opting out.

    Likewise, what possible reason would the Heat have to resign Haslem to an even longer contract if Lebron just upped and left.

    If Lebron leaves the team, Riley would just as soon gut the whole thing and start over, forget about resigning a pair of aging has beens who foolishly left themselves exposed. What’s more is they both know it, no way they just randomly decided to expose themselves like this, all on the same day I might add.

  27. Kahnzy

    Your missing Riley would have no possible reason to extend Wade and his dead knees another 4 years if Lebron isn’t on board. The only collateral Wade has, is that his bff wants to play with him, other wise the Heat would just as soon dump his ass on the side of the road let alone him extend him after opting out.

    I’m always amazed at how some people are utterly unable to view basketball as the business it is.

    Don’t get me wrong, from a “win as many championships as possible” perspective, I agree with you 100%; Wade can not be offered significant money (what constitutes significant is debatable) if the Heat want to continue dominating the East as they have these past 4 years. He has to take a deep pay cut.

    However, basketball isn’t always about winning (whether or not it should be is another topic entirely). Just look at Kobe’s absurd contract. There is no way Mitch Kupchak, or even Buss the Younger, believe paying Kobe 40% of their cap space is going to pave the way for any championship. The Lakers won’t be selling winning basketball for those couple of years, they’ll be selling Kobe Bryant.

    “Come see Kobe break this record! Come watch Kobe break that record!” Now me personally and, I suspect, the vast majority of fans on this board would lose their proverbial shit if we gave Melo a similar deal and tried to sell him the same way. But when players like Wade or Kobe have such a history with their franchise, it becomes easy from a business perspective to see why teams would pay them clearly more than they are worth from a winning basketball perspective.

    Should Riley offer Wade a big money contract if the Heat want to keep winning? Good God no! Will Arison tell Riley to keep Wade in Miami because he believes even if they lose LBJ that Wade can be a big enough draw to keep the suckers, err Miami Heat fans coming out and forking over their cash? Wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  28. Sakei

    Well for one thing Kupchak is an idiot. And whatever we may think of Riley he isn’t.

    Secondly even if we were to follow what you yourself admit to be an absurd analogy, that just means Wade should’ve stayed opted in for the two overpriced years ala Kobe, not opt out to lower the lower their cap hit, ie the complete opposite of your analogy.

  29. Zanzibar

    Wade’s been on the Heat his entire career and been key in winning 3 titles so the organization will not dump him on the side of the road. I’m sure Wade and Riley have agreed on an amount he will be paid. Haslem’s been on Heat a long time and the amount is relatively insignificant so I don’t think Riley’s gonna lose sleep over 2m/year which could be waived and stretched in the worst case. Bosh has many options if he opts out. If Bron bolts, Bosh could sign max or near max deal on some other team; if Bron stays, Bosh takes a 5 year deal giving him financial security. The drafting of Napier plus the opt-outs all put maximum pressure on LBJ to re-sign but the players would not financially suffer if Bron leaves. If Bron bolts, Riley’s got Wade on a 13-14m/year deal which would help in the rebuilding the team. That’s helluva lot better than 20m hit on cap.

  30. Kahnzy

    Secondly even if we were to follow what you yourself admit to be an absurd analogy

    I said the contract was absurd, not the comparison.

    that just means Wade should’ve stayed opted in for the two overpriced years ala Kobe, not opt out to lower the lower their cap hit, ie the complete opposite of your analogy.

    Hey, I’ll be the first to admit that I have absolutely no idea what Wade is going to do. Nor was I trying to suggest otherwise. My point entirely was that your statement that Wade is stupid for opting out because without LBJ the Heat would, as our favorite goateed one would say, kick him to the curb is only true when viewed through the lens of winning basketball, but false when viewed through the lens of “I’m a billionaire and I like making lots of money by swindling ‘fans’ of my team by selling them an inferior product which they will be all too happy to purchase.”

  31. Sakei

    but false when viewed through the lens of “I’m a billionaire and I like making lots of money by swindling ‘fans’ of my team by selling them an inferior product which they will be all too happy to purchase.”

    Except that’s exactly what they did to Mike Miller. Right down to Riley staring down the camera and lying straight to Lebron and to all our collective faces. So not false at all actually.

    Haslem’s been on Heat a long time and the amount is relatively insignificant

    It’s only insignificant in the case of Lebron opting out, which if he did, why bother to ask Haslem to take a paycut begin with.

    If Bron bolts, Riley’s got Wade on a 13-14m/year deal (for four years)

    This scenario makes no sense for neither party. If Lebron leaves, why is Wade taking a paycut? There is absolutely no other max player coming through that door in the next two years. So he’d be taking a pay cut so they can pay the likes of Patty Mills and Kyle Lowry? I don’t see it.
    From the Heat side, if you knew Lebron wasn’t cumming back and you wanted to keep Wade anyway, you’d rather he just stay opted in. At least this way you take the cap hit when Wade is at his most productive and when no one else is coming in anyway. Plus you wouldn’t have a $14 million anchor weighing you down when Durant and the next crop of free agents churn up.

  32. Kahnzy

    Except that’s exactly what they did to Mike Miller. Right down to Riley staring down the camera and lying straight to Lebron and to all our collective faces. So not false at all actually.

    Did you really just compare Mike Miller’s value to the Miami Heat to Dwyane Wade’s?

    And by value I mean ability to put butts in seats and sell various merchandise. Not win anything.

    Whoooosh That’s the sound of my point going right over your head.

  33. Sakei

    but false when viewed through the lens of “I’m a billionaire and I like making lots of money by swindling ‘fans’ of my team by selling them an inferior product which they will be all too happy to purchase.”

    Did you really just pretend that they didn’t cut a player they desperately needed on an already pathetic bench for absolutely no basketball reasons just so ‘billionaire could pocket the money’ for himself.

    Fluuush That’s the sound of you going back on your own words and sending them back to where they came from.

  34. Zanzibar

    If Lebron leaves, why is Wade taking a paycut?

    Riley and Wade met before the opt-out and they have already agreed on a 4 or 5 year deal if Wade opts out (probably 13-14m/year for 4 years). That’s not a pay cut when you consider what Wade would likely be able to make in Years 3 and 4. In fact, it’s arguably better for Wade than taking 40m for next 2 years and then entering free agency. It’s debatable whether Heat would prefer to just pay Wade 40m over next 2 years or have him on a lower per year contract over 4 years. There will be lots of free agents (ufa and rfa) available the next 2 years so I think Riley would prefer lower per year contract.

    Wade/Bosh/Haslem already know what they will paid after opting out. It’s likely Bron has been given this information and he and his advisors are now evaluating their options.

  35. Sakei

    And by value I mean ability to put butts in seats and sell various merchandise. Not win anything.

    So swindling then. Gottcha.

  36. Kahnzy

    Did you really just pretend that they didn’t cut a player they desperately needed on an already pathetic bench for absolutely no basketball reasons just so ‘billionaire could pocket the money’ for himself.

    *sigh* I thought I did a pretty good job spelling my point out, too. Guess not. I’ll try again.

    Mike Miller was cut because the Heat believed it would impact their bottom line in a favorable way (in this case, by taking them out of the taxpayer threshold). Did it affect their ability to win? Maybe. Defense was their problem versus the Spurs, not shooting…but I’ll admit it’s entirely possible, albeit unlikely, that Mike Miller would have been the difference between a 3-peat and getting their doors blown off.

    Cutting Mike Miller did not cause the Heat to lose any revenue from their fans. Now, since I just admitted it was possible, though unlikely, that Miller might have put them over the top it would be silly of me not to admit that that also means Miller would have increased their revenue (as winning a championship generally does).

    However, cutting Mike Miller meant almost nothing to the legions of Miami Heat fans. So they would be more than happy to keep spending their money on that team (as indeed they did). Jettisoning Dwyane Wade when they have no one else to replace him with (be it Melo or someone else) would mean something to their fans, and therefore would likely result in the loss of revenue.

    Again, we’re on the same page that giving Wade another big payday would be a terrible basketball decision. All I’m saying, and which you steadfastly remain oblivious to for no other reason than because you enjoy contentiousness, is that from a business perspective, paying Wade has it’s value

  37. Sakei

    Except of course their reasons for cutting Miller had nothing to do with the team on the court, and everything to do with avoiding the tax (ie pocketing the money). And no, they didn’t reinvest that money in the team unless you think signing a useless Michael Beasley and Greg Oden to the league minimum is an investment.

    which you steadfastly remain oblivious to for no other reason than because you enjoy contentiousness

    Let’s see your calling me oblivious, or stupid as it were, right before accusing me of contentiousness. Always nice to throw an insult there, then challenge the other person to be better person about it. In fact I believe that’s known as the “YOU MAD, BRO” theorem. Let’s call that strike one.

    I’m always amazed at how some people are utterly unable to view basketball as the business it is.

    So your first comment in, actually your very first line, is to jump and call me blind, or stupid, right off the bat. In a conversation not even directed at you. Strike two.

    Whoooosh That’s the sound of my point going right over your head.

    And here we have a condescending remark that doesn’t even have anything to with basketball or the conversation at hand remotely. A comment purely meant to insult the other person. With a remark that coincidentally seems to again imply that I’m… you guessed it, stupid.

    And yet strangely, in some weird way that I must be blind, or stupid, to. I’m the one being contentious. Strike Four. Four comes after two right, what do I know, I’m oblivious.

  38. Donnie Walsh

    Kupchak is an idiot.

    Kupchak, with his 4 rings as GM, his MBA from UCLA, and his apprenticeship with Jerry West, may be an “idiot”, but it’s moar likely that he’s not.

  39. Jack Bauer

    That was some excellent commentary on the Heat situation. Next time post it on the Miami blog and how about let’s talk a little more Knicks hoop??? I get discussing Lebron’s choices but not the extended on and on dissection of the Heat salary cap possibilities, yawn.

  40. Brian Cronin Post author

    The Heat’s salary cap situation might directly affect the Knicks, hence it being discussed here.

  41. Sakei

    4 rings as GM

    He inherited two of those rings right off the bat.

    his MBA from UCLA

    And yet he currently holds two of the worst contracts in the NBA, two contracts that combined for $50 million last year and provided zero on court value and look to do the same next year. He has failed repeatedly to build any kind of respectable bench, such much so that the style of play it garners has led to the disparaging nickname “hero ball”. He has also displayed total denial that the Kobe era could actually ever end, instead covering it up with a fat contract and total lack of anything resembling a rebuild/retool plan.

  42. Kahnzy

    Except of course their reasons for cutting Miller had nothing to do with the team on the court, and everything to do with avoiding the tax (ie pocketing the money). And no, they didn’t reinvest that money in the team

    Yes! Exactly! My goodness, this has been my point the entire time; that Miller was cut for non-basketball reasons solely to save Arison money. Sometimes, in fact lots of times, owners do that. Hell, you’re a Knick fan, are you not? They’ve been doing it for over a decade at this point. Bringing in names rather than building a viable, winning team all because the owner would rather go the easy route to make money. It sucks, I know. Makes it hard to imagine why we continue to follow such a team…but as Jamie Lanister once said, “we don’t get to choose who we love.” So, if Arison, or any owner, is willing to make decisions based on money (shocking to consider, I know), it would make some sense that they would not in fact dump a player who makes them lots of money, even if they don’t win them lots of championships (although Wade has been a pretty integral part of 3 of them, so I would argue that he has, in fact, won them lots of championships).

    As for all that other stuff, don’t take it so personally. It’s just a fan blog. No need to pop a blood vessel over it.

    And yet he currently holds two of the worst contracts in the NBA, two contracts that combined for $50 million last year and provided zero on court value and look to do the same next year.

    If only there were another team I could point to where the owner regularly forced a GM into making terrible basketball decisions…I think there’s one, but I just can’t be sure. Nah, I’m sure it’s never happened before.

  43. Sakei

    Let’s make a deal; you stop insulting/condescending to me then maybe… just maybe I don’t take it personally.

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