The Miami Heat have arguably the most talented Big Three in the NBA when it comes to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. However, if any of them opt out from the final year of their contracts in 2014, there will be a handful of teams willing to go all in to acquire another superstar.
According to Matt Moore of CBS Sports, Wade may opt out in order to chase a long-term deal. Moore states that Wade plans to stay with the Heat, but that won’t stop other organizations from making their pitches.
Before anybody gets up in arms about Wade leaving, let’s get one thing straight: This is about which teams should pursue the guard, not which teams he’s actively leaning toward. At this point, the thought of Wade spurning Miami is speculative, as the 2014 offseason is still a ways away.
But while the future can be hard to predict in this situation, it would be foolish to assume the guard won’t be sought after. He is a future Hall of Famer, a three-time champ and a guy who can still get it done when healthy.
Nobody’s claiming that Wade is gone come 2014, but the truth is that there are teams hoping he will be. Every team in the league could use a player of Wade’s caliber, but only a select few should be considered the favorites this early in the process.