Honestly, I couldn’t care less about the fine print. All I care about is the fact that we are only 24 days away from some much needed Miami Heat basketball. The doors at American Airlines Arena opened today and the first to hit the courts was none other than Juwan Howard followed by UD and Chris Bosh.
But the details of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement are worth paying attention to, especially because the Miami Heat will reap the benefits of some last minute compromises.
The biggest concern for the Heat coming out of the negotiations was how much talent they could spend around the core of the team: Big 3 + Mike Miller + Udonis Haslem. Some believed that the new deal would force a break up of the Big 3. There was also speculation that the Heat would be forced to use the amnesty rule and waive Mike Miller to fill the gap at the center position.
With the new rules, the Heat are able to retain their core and also use a full mid-level exception as long as they are not $4 million dollars over the luxury tax. What does this mean? The Heat are likely able to offer a competitive contract to someone like Samuel Dalembert while keeping their 5 main guys.
Perhaps the biggest reason why the new deal will benefit the Heat is because it makes it more difficult to spend copious amounts of money to create a super team. Lucky for us, the Heat already have theirs in place. That’s not to say it is impossible for a team like the Knicks to acquire Chris Paul but it will make it financially much more complicated. Teams like the Lakers who are further away from creating a super team may be forced to abandon the idea altogether.
In theory, this is supposed to make a more balanced playing field, according to Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver. In reality, it just makes it easier for the Heat to win the next 5 (6 or 7?) championships.