Read Dwyane Wade's thoughts here, and it's apparent the two batmen aren't going to play together and instead both look for a robin. Wade obviously wants Bosh in Miami as his first choice. (thanks to Bigway for pointing this one out to me):
"Me and Chris have been friends since we came into the NBA. We signed with the same agent. So we can't eat together? It's all good. We understand what's going to come about from anything that goes on. But, no worries, it's just friends eating dinner."
So does Wade believe he will end up in Miami?
"I hope so," Wade said.
As for Cleveland's LeBron James, Wade said, "I have no idea. I don't know about anyone else."
He said James is "his own man. He's going to decide for himself. Everyone has their thoughts of what's going to happen. No one knows. I don't even think LeBron knows."
First, congratulations on Dwyane Wade getting around the NBA tampering rules because he's friends with Chris Bosh. To answer your question Dwyane, yes, the fact that you're both FAs probably does mean you can't go out to dinner and talk about free agency.
Now, as a matter of course, we all know that tampering happens all the time. It's just amusing to see a player so brazenly admit it. It's similar to how the top college recruits are paid huge money under the table every year. We know it's happening, but we simply decide to punish one school every couple years, shake our fists, and pretend nothing else is going on.
Let's just hope Tom Thibodeau and LeBron hang out at some events sponsored by their sports agency. I mean they're not going to talk about LeBron coming to the Bulls or anything just have a friendly dinner like Wade and Bosh.
Anyway, Wade seems to completely dismiss Miami as a location for James. So throw them out of the mix and you're down to three viable teams. New York, Cleveland, and Chicago.
However, if Wade has persuaded Bosh to join him in Miami, then it's really down to a two team race between Chicago and Cleveland. Without Bosh going to New York, they don't have the roster to remotely qualify for LeBron's desire to win, and not just because of LeBron James. New York NEEDS both Bosh and James to have a chance at either one in my opinion.
In the two team race, look at all of LeBron's actions so far, and it appears that he's distancing himself from Cleveland.
We don't know that Bosh is joining Wade in Miami yet, but if he does, I think it really ramps up the Bulls chance of landing LeBron simply due to the fact that it creates another Eastern Conference powerhouse team, and if LeBron really wants to win titles, he needs to align himself with the most talent.
New York's ability to gather talent is severely hampered, and the Bulls will have more than Cleveland going forward.