It’s been reported that LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade all want to come back to the Miami Heat, but they don’t want to come back to a team that can’t win. The trio have given team president, Pat Riley, a window of time to improve the roster. If they don’t consider it improved, then some of them, such as James, will consider their other options.
As free agency starts, James/Bosh/Wade plan to give Pat Riley a window to enact his plan on upgrading supporting cast, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
It makes sense that James, Bosh, and Wade want Riley to prove to them that they’ll be coming back to a situation they can win in. Last season the talent around them was clearly outmatched by other elite teams in the NBA. It’s just proof that even if you have the best players, a group of solid role players is necessary to win.
Ways the Heat can improve the roster is to try and add a fourth talent to join them; not another superstar most likely, as cap space and LeBron wanting a max contract makes that very difficult.
The player most likely pushing to see improvement before he signs is LeBron. James controls everything and being the best player in the world allows him to makes these kinds of demands. If the Heat don’t improve the roster to what he wants, then he can always go take a max contract elsewhere.
Wade, on the other hand, is unlikely to leave Miami, just because that’s where he’s going to get paid the most. Wade’s athleticism is failing him and teams around the NBA know this. A player that can’t play an entire season is unlikely to get a large contract from a non-Miami team.
Chris Bosh is kind of a wild card. While Bosh wants to win, he loves Miami. He’s probably going to wait and see how things play out, but his enjoyment of Miami means the only way he won’t re-sign is if somehow both Wade and LeBron did not.