In order for South Beach to rejoice in solidifying their Super Trio now that Flash and Bosh have already stated their intent to the Heat, Michael Beasley and his approximate $5.0 million salary must be moved in order to free up sufficient cap space to sign three max contracts, whether it’s a deal involving a sign-and-trade deal with Toronto for Chris or simply shedding his contract. Here’s where money comes into play.
Let’s say that Miami does manage to gain LeBron’s commitment. The glaring question will remain – can they also find eight to ten servicable players willing to play for league minimum? We’re essentially talking to rest of the roster here.
And let’s not kid ourselves, one or more of the three studs are going to be asked to take less money, leaving at least one as highest paid.
Who is going to bite the bullet?
As unfortunate as it is, how much a superstar is paid, in the player’s eyes, defines (too much of) their worth so it will be worth watching to see how the heirarchy starts to fall into place beginning with contract negotiations, if LeBron does indeed join forces with Wade and Bosh in Miami. We all know Chris has been in search of a true max deal all along with the ideal scenario for him being a sign-and-trade out of Toronto, but again, how much of that is he willing to leave on the table?
Championships though, are not won with three players, regardless of who they may be. Quality role players are an absolute necessity in the never ending chase for NBA rings. LeBron, Wade and Bosh cannot play 48 minutes a night on the way to a title. As we’ve seen in recent years, a championship team’s second unit can have just as critical of an impact as the starting five, both good and bad.
Obviously, the unification of a Super Trio in Miami would be a sight and standard that has never before been seen in all of sports. But, seeing the remaining players all playing for minimum salaries will be just as intriguing of a reality.
Personally, this entire circus just seems like something that I’d liken to making a deal with the devil.
On the surface, the luster glimmering from the three superstars will indeed intoxicate the senses of all basketball fans world wide, but whether or not that same glow will be reflecting off of championship rings at season’s end perhaps requires the king of blessings that you’d much rather have from the Man upstairs rather than that guy bellowing below.
This notion of having a roster with three premium cut diamonds surrounded by lumps of coal in hopes of creating a dynasty is just something that I don’t buy. Minimum salary players have all the same emotions and desires as the rest of us. If the Heat falter or stumble at all, the onus will be placed more so on them because who would dare lay blame upon the Super Trio?
You know what you’re going to get with LeBron, D-Wade and Chris Bosh so whether the three of them together could win a title or not would have just as much to do with the rest of the squad. How much ridicule can the “supporting cast” endure? With such a tremendous discrepancy in paychecks between them and the three-headed beast, I’d say not enough to win multiple titles, that’s for sure.
NEXT: So will it work or what?