NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade has made it clear he wants to see the Miami Heat organization make improvements to its roster before he signs a long-term extension.
He may want to get his pen ready.
Several sources and Web sites have reported the Heat are the frontrunner in the Carlos Boozer trade sweepstakes and now are one of two main teams that have recently reached out to Lamar Odom since the Los Angeles Lakers took their three-year, $27 million offer off the table.
ESPN is reporting the Heat could sign Odom, who has expressed an interest in returning to Miami, trade for Boozer (who had a heavy interest in coming to Miami before he opted to stay in Utah) and then re-sign Boozer in the summer of 2010 without using any of their cap space, since they would own his Bird rights.
Things could get very interesting because for Odom to go to Miami, he would have to take considerably less money than he would be receiving from Los Angeles. Word has it that the Lakers, Jerry Buss in particular, became quite annoyed with Odom's camp after the organization upped its offer from $8 million a year to $9 million, and Odom's agent responded by firing up talks with the Mavs and Heat.
Heat center Jermaine O'Neal's huge $23 million contract will be up at the end of next season, so it would be intriguing to see if he re-signed for significantly less to stay with a potential championship contender.
They could have a starting lineup with Chalmers (PG), Wade (SG), Beasley or Odom (SF), Boozer (PF) and O'Neal (C). They could bring Haslem off the bench and have a solid rotation.
Moves like this could add even more firepower to the Eastern Conference, which has seen the additions of Shaquille O'Neal, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Jamal Crawford, and Vince Carter to teams that were in contention or very close to it (probably excluding Detroit in this case).
Miami has also been in talks with signing All-Star guard Allen Iverson, but he is also rumored to go to the Los Angeles Clippers.
If Miami pulls off these scenarios, it would all but shore up Wade's demands for improvement and increase the chances of bringing a second title to South Beach.