Wade and LeBron plan to “sit down and talk about” playing together in 2010

This came straight from Dwyane Wade, via Peter Vecsey of the New York Post

“A lot of times in this league, players usually wind up going where they can get the most money. We’re both blessed within that area. We’ve made a lot of money. So we wanted to base our decision on two things, the organization and the ability to win a title. And that’s what we’ll do. When the season is over, we plan to sit down and talk about it.

“I’m not saying it will happen. But I’m intrigued by the idea.

“I probably couldn’t have handled playing with someone like LeBron earlier in my career, but I’m older now. You’re talking about two big egos and meshing them. That’d take a lot of sacrifice on LeBron’s part and it’d take a lot of sacrifice on my part to succeed. But we would succeed because we know winning takes care of everything.”

The Heat will have the cap space to re-sign Wade and sign another max contract free agent, but other than that, there aren’t any teams out there with that kind of flexibility. If the Knicks can shed Jared Jeffries’ contract (which seems more likely than moving Eddy Curry at this point) they would also be able to sign two max players.

If the Heat were able to sign both Wade and LeBron, I think they’d have to agree beforehand to take the same money, so the two are on equal footing. (The Heat can offer Wade an extra year since they hold his rights.) It’s not often that two swingmen of this caliber are paired together, but it worked pretty well in Chicago with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and I don’t see why it couldn’t work in Miami (or New York, for that matter). The Jordan/Pippen combo was a bit different as MJ was the clear alpha dog while Pippin was tasked with being the team’s defensive stopper, though with their Team USA experience, LeBron and Wade are going into next summer with open eyes. They know they can play together.

Cavs fans shouldn’t hold out hope that Wade will land in Cleveland. The team doesn’t have the cap space necessary to sign a free agent of his caliber, so it would have to be done via sign-and-trade (i.e. the Heat would have to agree to trade him). The chances of that happening are slim to none.

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