It was supposed to be easy. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh were all supposed to opt out of their deals –which they did– and take less money so the Heat could get some more talent around the Big Three. Ultimately, this would secure the fact that LeBron would be returning to Miami, although it doesn’t appear that way at this point.
On Thursday, things started taking a turn for the worse in that department as it was reported that LeBron’s agent had begun some discussions with a number of teams that could see James in a new uniform come this fall.
Why is this? Well, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s beat writer, Ira Winderman, LeBron is beginning to lose faith in his friend, Wade.
Upshot of LeBron latest: Pat Riley is on the clock like never before, and LeBron’s faith in Wade’s future is not exactly steadfast.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 4, 2014
As we saw this past playoff season, Wade certainly didn’t look like the player that he once was, so of course that would be concerning to James. The whole point of him opting out of the deal in the first place was to make sure that he has the best talent around him, and he could be taking a step back now and seeing that might not be happening in Miami in the near future.
Whatever the case may be, as of this point, it’s not looking good in Miami for a LeBron return unless, as Winderman states, Pat Riley gets some serious work done.