Check this out: According to Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune, Dwyane Wade is planning to meet with some of the other big names in this summer’s free agent bonanza to discuss their future…individually or collectively.
Said Wade: “(Free agency) has been three years coming. We’ve discussed it prematurely, at different times. (But) you don’t know what guys are thinking and where they’re going. I think we’ll all sit down, and before one of us makes a decision, all of us will have spoken to each other and (listened to the) thinking.
“A lot of decisions (will be based on) what other players are willing to do and what other guys want to do. So it’s not just a ‘me’ situation here. We all have to look and see what each other is thinking. … I understand that you have to have a great team, a great supporting cast around you. That’s all I want. My ego is not that big. … I just want to win.”
Actually, winning is one of two things that Dwyane values. The other is loyalty…which makes him feel a little iffy about the Bulls.
Said Wade: “I think the biggest question that you think about has to be loyalty. I know one thing about Miami: It is a very loyal organization. I see what they do with their players when their players get done with the game of basketball … how loyal they are. I don’t know about the Bulls.
“I see Michael Jordan is not there, Scottie Pippen is not there. … You know, these guys are not a part. Things like that. So that is probably one of the biggest things for me, because I am a very loyal person.”
Anyway, according to one report, Wade, Joe Johnson and LeBron James will all be part of that confab. Additionally, “a source told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard that the Toronto Raptors’ Chris Bosh also will join Wade, James and Johnson when they get together to discuss free agency.”
What, no Darko Milicic?
Well, if all those players get together, I suppose they could decide to go somewhere together. No team could sign three of them to a max contract. However, the New York Knicks have enough money for two max players. So, if three of them were willing to take a paycut, I suppose that would make the Knicks the best choice, New York the one team capable of providing the three biggest pie pieces.
Or they may talk and decide that all want to go their own ways after all.