With the news that Chris Bosh & Dwyane Wade will be in South Beach together this upcoming season, is it a realistic possibility that “The King” joins forces with them to create the ultimate trifecta? According to sources throughout the league, that is still a very realistic possibility. Just seeing this amazing triumvirate would definitely shift the balance of power from the West (Lakers) to the East. The question then becomes, ‘who do you surround these guys with?’
Technically, if you sign LeBron James to team up with Bosh & Wade, you would be over the cap by roughly 4 million dollars. No way that this can happen then, right? Not so fast. If you traded Michael Beasley to, say, Siberia (meaning Minnesota), then you would have roughly $500K left to throw at 8-10 guys. Who the hell would sign for peanuts you ask? How about guys that are hungry for a ring; guys that have been in the league for a while and not so much as sniffed an NBA championship. Guys like Juwan Howard and Brad Miller. What about Rasual Butler? Luke Ridnour, anyone?
I know it’s still a bit of a long shot for ‘Bron to team up with the combo of Bosh/Wade, but still yet, it’s fun to think ‘what if?’ If, however, it does fall through, then Miami still has over $12 million in cap-space. Who do they surround Bosh & Wade with then? How about the possible trade (although, as of now, not probable via Miller’s agent) that would send Mario Chalmers and Beasley to Portland for Andre Miller and Rudy Fernandez? Then, swooping in and signing Ray Allen for the mid-level exception. Do you follow that up by trying to re-sign Jermaine O’Neal for cheap to start at center? What about trying to lure Brad Miller to South Beach? Or, say, Zydrunas Ilgauskas? A starting 5 of Miller, Wade, Allen, Bosh & O’Neal/Miller/Ilgauskas would certainly contend in the East. With Rudy Fernandez and a couple of F.A. pick-ups like Juwan Howard and Raja Bell to team up with rookies Da’Sean Butler, Dexter Pittman and Jarvis Vanardo off of the bench, Miami suddenly looks very, very good.
I know LeBron to Miami is dream scenario #1 for many living in and around the South Beach area, however, wouldn’t filling out a roster with guys that can compliment Dwyane Wade & Chris Bosh be more logical? We should all have our answer tomorrow night whether or not ‘Bron teams up with those 2 to become the ultimate Dream Team.