Earlier today, I discussed how it could very well be financially impossible for LeBron James to team with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. However, if Wade follows through on his own comments on SportsCenter just now, one of the major pitfalls to this happening could be overcome.
Wade says it's not about the $$$. He said he and CB4 willing to take less money to help Heat fill out the roster.
I say "one" of the major pitfalls because more still needs to be done. Realistically, unless all three take serious paycuts, the only thing this will probably do is allow the Heat to fit in James and not anyone else. But now there's at least a remote possibility of a legitimate roster being constructed.
For example, say Wade, James and Bosh all take just $14 million each in their first season instead of the full maximum contract (which is about $2.7 million than a max contract would give them, a relatively serious amount). Combined, that's $42 million, with the cap set at around $56.1 million. Michael Beasley adds $5 million, bringing it to $47 million, and Mario Chalmers adds $1 million. The Heat also have to keep $2 million on their cap to account for James Jones' contract, so that puts them at $50 million, and if they keep their four second-round picks, that's another $2-$2.5 million. Still, that's enough to sign a couple players to contracts above the veterans' minimum, and they could create more room by dealing Beasley.
That's a lot to ask of everyone, and it doesn't help that the Raptors aren't interested in Beasley, according to Ken Berger. But at least it's remotely possible.