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Bosh, Wade could take hefty pay cuts to stay with Heat, James

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, LeBron James, center, and Chris Bosh share a laugh during a November game. Bosh and Wade may take a pay cut to stay with the Heat — and make sure James does the same.  (Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press)

In 2010, Miami’s Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh was able to form because each player agreed to a contract well below his market value. Those contracts included opt-out clauses after the 2013-14 season, which each player exercised. It appears, though, that even if all three return to the Heat, one of their deals will not be like the others.

James is reportedly determined to get a maximum contract, or something close to it, this go-around. The Heat want to give him such a deal, retain the Big Three and sign another impact free agent. For this to work, Bosh and Wade would have to accept contracts at much lower annual figures than they would have gotten had they not opted out. As it happens, there are some indications that they may do just that.

Windhorst’s tweet follows one by Oregonian columnist John Canzano with some specific numbers for Bosh and Wade.

Had Bosh not opted out, he stood to make $42.6 million over the next two seasons; Wade would have made $41.8 million. So who are the Heat hoping to target with the cash the Mighty Big of You Two gave up?

Stay tuned, folks!

Des writes for the Early Lead and the D.C. Sports Bog, scouring the Web to bring readers items of interest, both serious and amusing. He also covers fantasy football, as well as fitness topics for the MisFits.
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