LeBron James expressed his disappointment for the Cleveland Cavaliers with the delayed contract negotiations for their shooting guard J.R. Smith. According to the latest NBA Rumors, ‘The King’ will be demanding a trade to Chicago Bulls to reunite with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in 2017.
The recent offseason was full of dramatic scenes, especially for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. The Heat are set to enter the 2016-17 NBA season without their main men Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Wade decided to leave the Heat for the Chicago Bulls after being lowballed earlier in free agency.
Meanwhile, Chris Bosh is still questionable to play for the Heat after failing another team’s physical examination last week. The 32-year-old power forward/center told on Uninterrupted that the Heat did not personally inform him before making a press release.
“I guess my career in Miami’s done. My career’s not done,” Bosh said. “There’s 29 other teams, it’s a whole league. One team does not make up the opinion of everything.”
Chris Bosh is under contract with the Miami Heat until 2018-19 for $76 million. With the current situation, the Heat will have to wait until February to remove him from the salary cap. At this point, Heat president Pat Riley must be thinking of Bosh’s condition and the team’s future.
However, it seems like Bosh is not yet giving up his basketball career. There is a possibility that he will try to undergo a physical examination with other teams so that he can continue to play in the league. Unfortunately, the only way he can become a free agent is if he is willing to negotiate a buyout and take less money.
Meanwhile, in Cleveland, LeBron James is disappointed with how the Cavaliers are handling J.R. Smith’s contract negotiation.
“I hate coming into another season — two years in a row — with one of my big guns not here,” James said, alluding to Tristan Thompson, who missed most of training camp last fall with a similar holdout situation. “So, for a leader of a team and for me personally, I just hate to deal with this s— again.
“It’s just too big of a piece to our team to have to deal with in another training camp. Like I said, hopefully things get resolved fast, because you know how big and important he is to our team.”
With this situation, LeBron James might have felt that the Cavaliers are not keen on winning another title. In the middle of contract negotiation, there were rumors that James is eyeing to reunite with Dwyane Wade in Chicago. Also, if Bosh recovered from his blood clot issues, they can reinforce the ‘Heat Big Three’ with the Bulls.
As of now, it remains questionable on how Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, and Rajon Rondo fit together in one team. Poor three-point shooting has been one of the major concerns why the Bulls are projected to miss the playoffs.
If LeBron James and Chris Bosh reunite with Wade in 2017, there is no doubt that the Bulls will be back to title contention. However, there is also a possibility that they will be giving up Jimmy Butler in order to acquire ‘The King’.
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