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Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to Miami Heat - July 8


SG Dwyane Wade and PF Chris Bosh agree to play for the Miami Heat
We don't know all the details, but on the eve of LeBron James' historic announcement, two of the "Big 3" made public their intentions to team up in Miami when Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh declared they will form a dynamic duo in South Beach.

It is still uncertain as to how much money the pair will make, and if Bosh will join the team via free agency or by a sign-and-trade scenario with his now former team, Toronto. Both Wade and Bosh stated Wednesday that money is not a factor. They are willing to take less than the max deal if it means more cap space allows the Heat to add more talented complementary players (or in their dream world, LeBron James.)

Onto what we do know... Wade and Bosh make Miami's efforts to clear cap space with all the expiring contracts they had on their roster this past season worth it. Bosh will provide Wade the running mate that has been absent since he won a title with Shaq. Wade has been shouldering the load the past couple seasons and Bosh will be able to take some of the pressure off by providing an inside presence and proven scorer away from the basket as well.

Now Miami has a whopping five players on their roster; nine if you count all four of their second-round draft picks. Clearly, the Heat are far from finished in their offseason makeover and have some holes to fill which is why Wade and Bosh seem OK with taking less than the max deal. Now it is on those two guys to try and recruit some role players.

The Heat need a veteran point guard. Raymond Felton is the best of a weak crop of free-agent floor leaders left but might have too expensive of a price tag unless he willing to take less money. A guy like Luke Ridnour could be an affordable option and would also add a needed three-point threat on the perimeter. After that, there is a massive dropoff with guys like Earl Watson, Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar and Jason Williams being the best available unrestricted free agents. Restricted free agents Kyle Lowry and Will Bynum are both options as well but their contract offer could be matched by their current teams.

Miami would also need to add a true big man to bring some of the toughness and physicality that Bosh lacks. David Lee and Brendan Haywood will be possibilities but likely require a major chunk, if not all of their remaining cap space. The fall off is again pretty steep with names like Brad Miller, Ben Wallace and Kurt Thomas being the best of the rest. Don't forget about a possible Shaq-Wade reunion as well. It is unlikely but you never know. Other options would be bringing back Udonis Haslem who is really more of a power forward but has played some center the past several seasons, or the basketball player formerly known as Jermaine O'Neal.

A starting small forward will also be on management's radar. Mike Miller or Kyle Korver would provide some outside shooting, but won't come cheap. Richard Jefferson, Josh Howard, Tracy McGrady, Matt Barnes and Rasual Butler are other names to keep an eye on. Miami also has Michael Beasley as a possible trade chip to land some role players in return, but his trade value is quite low right now.

If LeBron decides to complete the trifecta in Miami, the process becomes even more complicated in filling out the roster. Let's be honest though, I could play center and Walt could run the point, and the Heat would probably be OK.





Recent NBA Draft and Offseason Blog Entries:

Four-Team Trade - 8/12
More with Ted Leonsis: Turning around the Washington Wizards - 8/11
Ted Leonsis Taking Washington Wizards on a New Path - 8/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 8/5 (Shaq)
NBA Announced Nationally Televised Game Schedule - 8/4
Michigan State Dismisses Chris Allen - 8/4
2011 NBA Free Agents - 7/30
2010 NBA Offseason Losers - 7/29
2010 NBA Offseason Winners - 7/28
Larry Bird Ranked Worst NBA GM - 7/27
Chris Paul Possible Trades - 7/26
Tracy McGrady to Chicago looking Extremely Likely - 7/26
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/24 (Kurt Thomas)
2011 NBA Draft Trades - 7/24
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/23 (Jefferson)
John Hammond May Have One More Transaction Up His Sleeve - 7/23
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/20 (Kleiza)
Evan Turner vs. Purdue Fans in Heated Twitter Trash Talk - 7/19
Top 10 2010 NBA Free Agents Available - 7/18
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/18 (Brad Miller)
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/17 (Brewer)
Magic Match Offer Sheet for J.J. Redick - 7/17
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/16
How Does Wesley Matthews Fit in Portland? - 7/16
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/15
Jefferson-Chandler Trades Analysis - 7/14
Michael Redd Era Over in Milwaukee - 7/14
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/13
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis (Last Weekend's) - 7/13
Childress-Turkoglu-Morrow Trades Analysis - 7/13
Sixers' Evan Turner Struggled in Summer League - 7/13
Specific Details of NCAA Tournament Expansion Announced Today - 7/13
Bulls Sign Kyle Korver, Offer Sheet to J.J. Redick - 7/11
Brainwashed Timberwolves Fans Fail to See the Light - 7/10
Winner in LeBron Sweepstakes? Milwaukee Bucks - 7/10
Larry Sanders Brings a Unique Skill Set to Milwaukee - 7/10
LeBron James to Miami Heat Recap - 7/9
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/9
Knicks-Warriors David Lee Trade Analysis - 7/9
Timberwolves-Heat Michael Beasley Trade Analysis - 7/9
Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to Miami Heat - 7/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/8
The LeBron James Show - 7/8
Carlos Boozer Signs with Bulls - 7/8
Profiling Milwaukee's Potential Point Guards - 7/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/7
2010 NBA Summer League Recap - 7/7
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/6
2010 NBA Summer League Recap - 7/6
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/5
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/4
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/3
It's Not LeBron or Bust for the Bulls - 7/3
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/2
2010 NBA Free Agency: Day 1 - 7/2
Former NBA Player Kendall Gill on the Bulls Free Agent Prospects - 7/2
2010 NBA Draft Day Trades - 6/25
Foreign Flavor Losing Flair in NBA Draft - 6/24
Bucks-Warriors Corey Maggette Trade - 6/23
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 6/22
76ers-Kings Samuel Dalembert Trade - 6/18
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 6/3
2010 NBA Draft Lottery Odds Breakdown - 5/17
Evan Turner's Flaws - 5/13
Where Will Joe Johnson Go? - 5/12
Bulls Could Use Oklahoma State's James Anderson - 5/10
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 5/9
2010 NBA Draft Early Entries - 5/9
Debate's Over: Deron Williams is the Best Point Guard - 5/8
Someone to Be Drafted from DePaul? Yes, Really - 5/7
Gani Lawal: Testing the NBA Draft Waters - 5/6
Can De'Sean Butler Be Mr. Clutch in the NBA? - 5/5
Derrick Favors: No. 1 Big Man on 2010 NBA Draft Boards - 5/4
Jordan Crawford: More Than the Guy Who Dunked on LeBron - 5/3
Devin Ebanks is an NBA Draft Wildcard - 5/3
Where Will Dwayne Wade Go? - 5/1
Where Will Chris Bosh Go? - 5/1
2010 NBA Trade Deadline Grades - 2/19
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