July 11 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat president Pat Riley fields a question from a reporter during a press conference at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Woj: Big Three Will Wait for Pat Riley to Upgrade Roster

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can sign new contracts as early as 12:01 AM, July 1, but aren’t in a rush.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Big Three will wait to see what Miami Heat president Pat Riley can do to upgrade the roster before making a decision.

This gives Riley an opportunity to chase other free agents, such as Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, instead of spending time with the representation of the Big Three.

Reports surfaced Monday that Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri will make Lowry a significant contract offer as soon as the free agency period begins. Riley will now have a chance to match that offer, assuming Lowry’s representation answers the phone.

It would also give Miami a chance to place offers to restricted free agents Chandler Parsons and Eric Bledsoe. The Washington Wizards are also expected to make a push to re-sign center Marcin Gortat, who should receive multiple offers.

However, this also gives other teams—such as the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns—an opportunity to talk with LeBron in hopes of convincing the four-time MVP to leave Miami.

Teams can start negotiating with free agents on July 1, but players cannot officially sign until July 10.


Tags: Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Kyle Lowry Lebron James Miami Heat Pat Riley

  • Bob Fusky

    The opt outs were just restructuring ploys to bring in the much needed help – all will be back in the back and red next season – the Straighthoops blog has a nice article on LeBron’s “free agency” – worth a read: http://straighthoops.com/sorry_youre_not_getting_lebron.html

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    First…. there is NO BIG 3, it’s the Big 1 and 2 leeches…. You would figure if they were a “real” big 3 Bosh would lead the team in rebounding, blocks, a defensive force inside and Wade would be a lock down perimeter defender lead the team in assist and scoring at least 1 of the past 4 years…. No Wade did none of those things, the only thing i heard the past 4 years is how Wade had to sacrifice his game…ie “he doesn’t take the most shots on the team anymore!” Second the only one putting pressure on Riley is Lebron the others are along for the ride…. Wade and Bosh may not know this BUT they are part of the supporting cast who failed The Miami Heat, So it looks stupid for them to be involved in ANY power play, especially when we know Wade and his crippled knees would not make it to the door and Bosh, well… he’s Bosh… that dinosaur Hatchling’s next independent thought will be his first !