Over the weekend, the three top free agency prospects met to discuss their futures.
After the release of Daequan Cook, the Heat now has the most cap space out of any team, and Wade has made it repeatedly clear he wants to stay with them.
The meeting has sparked rumors that the three players might end up in Miami.
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN radio stated the three players would end up in Miami. He didn’t say there were rumors or it might happen. He made it clear it was a certainty.
What it Would Mean to Miami
Miami has a history of bandwagon fans. Most people in South Florida can only claim a legitimate loyalty to the Dolphins, but what if this were to happen?
What if Miami were suddenly, inexplicably, amazingly, unbelievably blessed with having three of the best players in the league under its domain?
Miami would not only have the three players but also one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA in Pat Riley, even if he’s not coach (we all have seen what Bill Parcells has been able to do in Miami away from the field).
Would the Heat become, overnight, the most loved franchise in Miami? Would it erase the years of seniority the Dolphins hold over them?
Would the Heave have packed stadiums, and how long will it last?
What it Means to Wade
Miami loves Wade. He's the best athlete Miami has had since Marino retired.
Miami Dade isn’t changing its name to Miami Wade for nothing.
But what happens when these players arrive?
Wade will no longer be the biggest talent on the court. He won’t have the biggest personality. Will he remain the favorite on seniority alone?
He’s gotten Miami a championship, which will keep him at the center of Miami hearts. But only until another championship is won.
Either way, the years paid carrying this team alone will earn Wade the respect he deserves. Just as Cleveland fans should be grateful to LeBron even if he leaves.
Both players tried to make it work on their teams. They were just waiting for the help to make it somewhere. Players of their caliber need titles. They need to thrive. Their teams need to help them do so.
Other reports have already placed Bosh and James in Chicago, so all of this could be for naught. The thing is, these players will change things in the next week.
Will they do it together? Can their egos really work with three superstars in one team?
It’s hard to believe they’ll come to Miami. It’s too good to be true. It’s too good to be true for Chicago as well.
The thing is, the clock will strike midnight on Wednesday, and someone will be turned into a pumpkin and someone will get the prince.
We can analyze and speculate all we want, but it doesn’t mean anything. These players will change their minds, or not change their minds, or lie, or dream. We can’t guess or be sure what decision they will make.
All we can do is wait for the clock to strike and hope our fairy tale comes true.