NBA Free Agents 2010: Who Dwyane Wade Wants the Miami Heat To Sign
It's only a matter of days now.
Speculated about for years, the future of basketball in Miami comes down to just a couple of weeks.
In one scenario, the heart and soul of the franchise, Dwyane Wade, walks away and leaves the organization in shambles.
In the other, the perennial All-Star recruits a fellow free agent to join him in South Beach.
Here's to hoping it's the latter.
These are the five players Flash wants most by his side.
5. Amare Stoudemire
'09-10 Team: Phoenix Suns
Stoudemire plays with Wade's fierce and take-no-prisoner attitude.
He flushes dunks with more authority than maybe anyone in the league.
The forward struggles at times defensively and rarely plays to his height on the defensive boards.
With help from Steve Nash, Stoudemire put up 23.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game last year.
Alongside Wade, the duo would almost certainly make up the most dynamic pair in the NBA.
Cue the shattered backboard.
4. Dirk Nowitzki
'09-10 Team: Dallas Mavericks
Nowitzki recently leaked that he will indeed opt out of his contract and enter free agency this July.
Although it is a long shot that he will end up anywhere but Dallas, the German forward would be an interesting pair with Wade.
Nowitzki is the ultimate versatile big man.
He has the capability of playing outside the paint when D-Wade wants to use more of the lane, while other times playing as a true post player.
Last season the Dallas star averaged 25 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
3. Carlos Boozer
'09-10 Team: Utah Jazz
It seems almost unbelievable to think this guy is still in his twenties.
Regardless of his Benjamin Button appearance, Boozer is a force to be reckoned with.
Last season the forward averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
With Boozer (who played alongside Deron Williams), ego would likely not be an issue.
2. Chris Bosh
'09-10 Team: Toronto Raptors
Averaging a double-double (24.0 points and 10.8 rebounds) per game, Bosh was a one man show in Canada.
Although the All-Star might play second fiddle to Wade in Miami, his stats shouldn't drop noticeably considering the obvious upgrade at the guard position from Jose Calderon.
A huge physical presence in the paint both offensively and defensively (unlike Stoudemire and Nowitzki), Bosh is, by far, the most logical fit for D-Wade.
'09-10 Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Speaking solely as a fan, how awesome would this be?
Even if they end up hating each other, it'll be worth it.
The sheer athleticism on the court on a nightly basis just couldn't be equaled anywhere else.
LeBron threw up 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game last year.
Marriages don't always work out in the long run, but hey, the duo should be able to stay friendly as long as they win.