Thursday night was the beginning of an era for the NBA and the Miami Heat as LeBron James agreed to partner with his “Dream Team” buddies, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. With three of the top ten players playing on the same team, some people consider the Miami Heat to be a Mega-Celtics team that’s already capable of winning numerous championships.
By 2012, could it be the mega quartet?
It’s no secret that Chris Paul and LeBron James have a strong friendship. After Chris Paul convinced LeBron James to join Twitter a few days ago, Chris Paul is now expected to join LeBron James’s marketing agency.
Ever hear of the Olympic pact made in 2008 by Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Paul? Supposedly, they agreed to play together after winning the gold medal. Just what Miami’s Dream Team needs: one of the league’s premiere point guards.
Chris Paul’s contract expires in 2013, but there’s a player’s option in 2012. If Chris Paul exercises it, could he fulfill the pact? If an NBA lockout leads to an extinguished salary cap, it wouldn’t surprise me. I can’t believe that James, Wade, and Bosh would sacrifice anymore of their finances to bring in Chris Paul, however.
Steve Nash’s contract will expire at the end of the 2011-2012 season. By then, he’ll be 38 years old. If he plays another season, he’ll turn 39 during the 2012-2013 regular season. An NBA championship has eluded Nash for his entire career, and the Phoenix Suns don’t appear to be in a strong position to even win the West in the next two seasons, let alone a NBA title.
By 2012, Steve Nash’s skills will have declined; however, it’s likely that he’d be an upgrade over any point guard that the Miami Heat would have. If Nash wanted to win a title, imagine him dishing it out to Wade, Bosh, and LeBron James for one season.
That’ll be one of the biggest concerns regarding Miami Heat’s Dream Team strategy: Can they build a roster with good drafting and acquiring a few veterans at a discount who are willing to play to win championships?
Future of the Miami Heat and NBA Free Agency
If the NBA can avoid a lockout, Tony Parker and Carmelo Anthony could be the hot commodities of 2011. In 2012, how about an NBA season that previews the 2012 Olympic Team?
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