Earlier this week we saw one of the least shocking moments in the history of the National Basketball Association occur, the opting out of LeBron James from his contract with the Miami Heat. Anyone with half a brain could see LeBron opting out coming a mile away, when he came to Miami his goal was to win multiple rings in the hopes of catching Michael Jordan. Over his four year span with the Heat he was able to win two rings while losing two other championship series, this apparently just wasn’t quite good enough for LeBron.
After the Spurs toppled the Heat this year it seemed a foregone conclusion that James would be stepping out of Miami, his quest to catch the untouchable Jordan by any means necessary was destined to continue elsewhere. With all of the options available LeBron, everyone knew he would be leaving, as a result we knew the Heat would have to fill one big spot on their roster, although his departure would at least clear up quite a bit of money for the roster. The benefit of that would be that Miami can now afford more than just three players, which would have seemingly made the chances of another title run just a bit more likely.
Once LeBron was out of the picture people began to speculate on what the next move could be in Miami, their first big move was to make a trade with the Charlotte Hornets at the draft in order to bring in Shabazz Napier, a man who LeBron himself labeled as his favorite player in this year’s draft. This addition alongside Wade and Bosh, plus the talent that the team would be able to pick up with the money saved by LeBron’s exit they could have been a very impressive team and a possible contender, if not next year maybe in the next couple seasons.
While it seemed that Miami would be set for years to come, word has come out that their other two high profile players will be opting out of their deals as well. While there’s a chance Wade could be sticking around in Miami, just opting out in the hopes of saving the team some money, it’s unlikely they’ll see Bosh back as he’s already drawing interest from other teams. A team that’s been to the last four NBA championship series is now entering a true rebuilding mode. The big question now is if LeBron will talk Bosh into following him wherever he goes again. Personally I would love to see Wade stay in Miami and win a couple more titles while the others wallow in mediocrity.