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At this point, all signs point to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh returning next season as members of the Heat.
The Big Three, along with Udonis Haslem, opted out of the contracts they signed with the team in 2010—prior to the June 30 deadline—which was the first indication the four are working in concert.
It's highly unlikely that Haslem and Wade, whose previous contracts would have paid them far better than their current market value suggests they'll get this offseason, would have opted out without a belief that the others, specifically LeBron, are planning a return.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that the four players have "the framework of deals in place to remain with Miami" and are simply waiting to see what else Pat Riley and his staff can do in free agency before fully committing to return.
Additional clues of a Big Three return: LeBron won't be present at free-agent pitch meetings, Bosh is out of the country and he, along with Wade, have no reported meetings set up. Those don't sound like the actions of players planning to head elsewhere.