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James, Wade and Bosh haven’t talked about their potential free agency much throughout this season, but all three can opt out and become unrestricted free agents this summer if they desire. However, Arison seems confident that he’ll be able to keep his superstars in Miami, either by them opting in or signing new long-term contracts with the HEAT.
When asked if retaining all three will be a challenge, Arison said: “I hope it’s not going to be a challenge at all. We’ll see.” If James, Wade and Bosh all opt out and sign new deals, Miami may actually have some salary cap space to work with after inking the Big Three to new deals. This could allow Miami to add a solid role player or two alongside their star-studded trio.
In February, James told NBATV that he couldn’t picture himself leaving Miami. Several months ago, Bosh was asked if he and James would be back in Miami next season, to which he responded, “True.”
The HEAT eliminated the Charlotte Bobcats from the postseason on Monday evening, 4-0. They advanced to the second round, and will take on the winner of the Toronto Raptors – Brooklyn Nets series.
This sounds like a crazy idea, but the fact that Adam Silver told Leslie Alexander that he would consider it shows that the NBA is seriously considering all of their options when it comes to punishing Donald Sterling.
It’s unlikely that the Clippers players would ever actually hit the free agent market; if anything, this would be used as a threat to Sterling in order to persuade him to sell the franchise. If the NBA threatens to suspend Sterling indefinitely, fine him millions of dollars, allow his players to test free agency and put other restrictions on him and the team, he may be pushed into selling (which is something that he hasn’t been willing to do in the past).
The NBA will hold a press conference tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET, during which Silver is expected to announce the findings of the Sterling investigation and the punishment that the owner will receive.
If Donald Sterling continues to own the franchise, the Clippers could blow up this summer.
Rivers may quit, players may demand to be traded, free agents will shun the organization and picks will be hesitant to work out for them during the pre-draft process. Nobody will want to be associated with the organization if Sterling is still at the helm.
It’s very difficult for the NBA to remove an owner from a team, but if the league doesn’t take Sterling out of Los Angeles, it’s hard to imagine how the team will continue to function and remain competitive.
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