The Miami Heat have history in their sights and uncertainty in their future.
According to veteran shooting guard Dwyane Wade, the two-time defending champs won't worry about the latter until the former has been fully addressed.
All three players can opt out of their current contracts this offseason.
Should they decide to play the 2014-15 campaign under their current deals, ShamSports.com indicates they would take up more than $61 million on Miami's payroll.
Salary-cap expert Larry Coon reported that the 2014-15 cap is projected to be $63.2 million, which could force team president Pat Riley to get even more creative with Miami's finances than he has in the past.
The entire roster could need to be rebuilt—reserve point guard Norris Cole owns a guaranteed contract, Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen have player options—so, just like in 2010, sacrifices may be needed to keep this core together.
James and Wade have kept quiet about their future plans, but Bosh hasn't masked his desire to stick with the Heat.
"I don’t want to go anywhere," he said during a recent appearance on ESPN Radio's The Dan LeBatard Show (h/t Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post). "I like it here. It’s Miami. Everybody wants to come here."
Bosh said he liked being in Miami so much that he would take less than market value to stay, "if that's what it takes."
Even if Bosh would consider signing for less than he's worth (again), it couldn't be an easy decision to make. The NBA is still a business, and it's hard to advance in the business world by selling goods and services for less than they are worth.
It could be an even harder call than normal considering where these players are in their careers. Bosh and Wade both find themselves on the wrong side of 30, and James will join them there in December.
Whenever the next round of negotiations for these three take place, motivation to cash in could be high with no guarantees of having more jackpot paydays in their future.
With basketball, business and family interests to consider, deciding their fates is likely to be a time-consuming process. For now, the Heat simply don't have time for anything other than their latest title pursuit.
Wade spoke with ESPN The Magazine (h/t ESPN.com's Darren Rovell) about his mindset in early April:
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 with Chris and I will sit down with Bron and I will sit down and make the best decision for myself and my family.
Should all three opt for another year—or more—together, the rest of the roster should fill itself out fine.
Between Riley's negotiating savvy, the team's obvious championship potential and the built-in advantages of the market (climate, nightlife, no state income tax), the Heat should have no shortage of potential additions.
"We feel we have the best organization in the league for those players to stay, and to also attract others to want to come here," Riley told Rovell. "With our three guys, we hope that this turns into a generational team."
With a spot already saved in the NBA annals, it feels like a generational group already.
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