In the summer of 2010, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had talked about joining forces before making it official.
The Miami Heat’s Big 3 have had no such talks about their future this time around, FOX Sports 1/Yahoo NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
James, who reportedly will opt out of his current deal and become a free agent July 1, has led the Heat to four consecutive Finals appearances, winning two straight titles before losing to the Spurs in five games this year. James could still re-sign with Heat if he thinks the team’s window for winning titles hasn’t closed.
Wade and Bosh have not made their intentions known. In 2010, the three Heat All-Stars were represented by the same agency, but that is no longer the case as LeBron has opted for new representation.
Late last week, Heat president Pat Riley challenged the trio to come back and finish what they started in 2010.
”You’ve got to stay together, if you’ve got the guts,” Riley said. ”You don’t find the first door and run out of it if you have an opportunity. This is four years now into this era, this team. Four finals — it’s only been done three other times before — and two championships. From day one to the end, it was like a Broadway show. It sort of ran out of steam. And we need to retool. We don’t need to rebuild. We need to retool.
”And that’s what we’re going to do.”
Will retooling be enough to keep the Heat’s core intact?