Wade Set to Become Free Agent; Bosh Deciding
By Tim Reynolds
MIAMI — Dwyane Wade has made his choice. Chris Bosh is still mulling his.
Either way, free agency for the Miami Heat is shaping up as an absolute circus.
Wade told the Heat that he is opting out of the final two years and nearly $42 million in his contract, and will become a free agent – the same decision that LeBron James revealed earlier.
Also, Udonis Haslem told the Heat that he will not pick up his $4.6 million option for next season. But Bosh is still weighing his options, agent Henry Thomas told The Associated Press, after a miscommunication earlier in the day suggested that the forward was already sold on the idea of opting out.
Strange as it may sound, the decisions by James and now Wade and Haslem are considered good for the Heat, since those three moves alone free up about $45 million in what would have been salary Miami was committed to paying next season. If Bosh opts out, that figure goes to $66 million, and the idea of not having that locked into the books gives Miami tons of flexibility to lure their stars back into new deals – plus have enough money left over to make additional roster upgrades.
Regardless of what Bosh decides, the start of free agent frenzy will be busy for Miami. James and Wade could be wooed by plenty of suitors. James has already been mentioned as a target of the Los Angeles Clippers, the Chicago Bulls, the Houston Rockets – and, of course, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team for whom he spent his first seven seasons.
But things are already looking good for Miami, which got the rights to former Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier on draft night – and Napier just happened to be James’ favorite player in the draft.