There is a very real possibility that both Miami Heat forward LeBron James, guard Dwyane Wade and big man Chris Bosh have played their last game together as teammates.
Heat president Pat Riley has a meeting with James this week and there is a “growing expectation” James is going to inform Riley he is going to be signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he left the Heat for in 2010. That could lead to Bosh, a Texas-native, bolting for the Houston Rockets to team up with Dwight Howard and James Harden.
Riley is trying to put together a roster that will talk the big three into sticking around. On Monday, he landed a commitment from forward Josh McRoberts and agreed to a deal with forward Danny Granger.
According to Jeff Zillgit and Sam Amick of The USA Today, Riley is confident in keep James, Bosh and Wade.
This much is clear: Riley is confident James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will return, according to people who have had phone conversations with Riley in the last week. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports under the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the conversations.
Of course, Riley’s confidence doesn’t guarantee anything. But right now, he isn’t scrambling.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 37.9% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe last season. Bosh put up 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 51.6% from the field, 33.9% from three and 82.0% from the free trow line. Wade went for 19.0 points, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 54.5% from the field, 28.1% from three and 73.3% from the free throw line.