Originally Posted by JJs07
For as much as he's meant to the Heat franchise, we're literally seeing him break down right before our eyes. He's got a lot of wear and tear on his body due to how aggressively he plays. I'm sure the Heat brass have some sort of contingency plan in tact so they can keep Lebron in a Heat jersey for another contract. Pat Riley is too smart of a man to just let this current Big 3 ride it out and let them go their own separate ways after 2014.
Not sure there can be much of a contingency plan.... Wade is signed through next year. Then has 2 years to opt out.. He turns 32 next year.. He won't get $20mil, let alone 2 year $42.6 mil that would be guaranteed in his contract. It's also his franchise (so to speak). Trying to draw a parallel (he's not quite there yet) but his value is doing a Pau Gasol. Can't trade him for much. He is great when healthy, but he's losing it year by year. Also the question is can he really carry a team anymore? Which hurts his value.
Bosh is a little bit different. He's 30, and hasn't started declining yet. His numbers have, but that's because he plays a much different role each year in Miami that has him out of his comfort zone. That said, I'm not sure he would decline 2 year/ $42.7 mil. No one is paying Bosh $20mil a year, and if he plays out his contract, and then signs another deal he'll probably end up with $10mil more in earnings than if he opts out in 2014 or 2015. Bosh definitely isn't a first or second option on a title team.. So that will be tough to sell giving him $20mil.
Bron on the other hand makes a boatload in endorsements, and will still get a max deal next year. And even 5 years from now.
Does Lebron opt out in 2014? Probably not.. But Wade & Bosh definitely won't.
And right there is $60million. That puts you at the cap.. From that point on they'd have $5mil MLE, veteran's minimum, and rookie contracts.
The contingency plan would be to hope one of them opts out.