Now that LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh opted out of their contract the stage is set for Pat Riley to work his magic. This was a masterful move by LeBron James. It all boils down to two things…….
1.) If Pat Riley cannot pursade Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to take major concessions they will be forced to pursue other options with different teams. My guess is that their market value will not demand anywhere near the salaries they were making. Both did not deliver or were erractic at best. Dwayne Wade's skill set is nowhere near where it needs to be. If you ask yourself the question, did Wade perform at an optimal level this past season and in the playoff the answer is no.
Did Chris Bosh perform at an optimal level during the playoffs? Again the answer is no. I believe both players know this and the hand writing is on the wall. They will need to make major concessions in regards to salaries or negotiate with other teams. I do not beleive that either player will demand by merit a maximum salary with the Heat or any other team. They both failed to perform at optimal levels.
2.) LeBron James negociated himself right into the drivers seat. If Pat Riley does not deliver what James wants/demands, he will take his talents to any venue that he so desires and he will win championships there. Riley needs to obtain players that will allow the Heat to compete and win championships, or James may really take his talents to any one of a number of destinations. That is the bottom line. The only way Pat Riley can do this is to lower both Bosh and Wade's salaries significantly, probably around the $8 million range for both. They cannot expect to demand the high priced salaries they received when neither one delivered on the court.
2.) These two are the problem and they need to be dealt with accordingly. If they choose to go elsewhere and try to get what they believe is their fair market value they can have at it. But my quess is they are in no position to demad top dollar. LeBron James is. With that said it is nothing wrong with Pat Riley negociating a decent medium level salary for the skills of Wade, Bosh, and Haslem. That is probably all they are worth.
On the other hand LeBron James should get and deserve all that he can get from the Heat. They owe it to him. Especially if they want to keep him. Bosh and Wade are role players at best. Riley can then concentrate on bringing in skill players that can make a difference. Carmelo Anthony is not one of them. He is a ball hog and always has been.