Dynamic duo a trio?

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 AM ET

The marriage seemed inevitable from the time free agency began.

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are the perfect 1-2 punch any team would want to build around, an inside-outside combo that is young, athletic and explosive.

One of the few questions surrounding this pairing is whether fellow 2003 draft classmate LeBron James will follow Bosh to South Beach.

On Thursday night, the King is scheduled to announce his decision on ESPN, which has suddenly become the unofficial mouth piece for the three jewels in this summer’s free agency. TSN will carry the live feed in Canada.

On Wednesday, both Bosh and Wade used ESPN to announce their intentions.

“I’m back in Miami. I’m back in Wade County,” Wade told the network.

“I’m joining Mr. Wade in Miami,” Bosh said. “I think we’re both fine with the situation. We’ve wanted to play with each other and we have a golden opportunity to do it. Miami was the best decision for me.”

Which is his right.

All along, Bosh has maintained that he wanted to be the man, which he won’t be in Miami.

All along, Bosh envisioned himself as a max player earning max money, which he won’t in Miami because he never got the Raptors involved in the process.

Unless Bosh, his representative or the Raptors ever come clean, no one will know for certain why this messy divorce had to end the way it appears to be ending.

Needed a change

Everyone knew Bosh needed a change of scenery, but it was understood he and the Raptors had to work side by side to take care of each other’s interest.

There is talk of James joining the duo in Miami if the Heat can ship power forward Michael Beasley to Toronto, which will clear sufficient cap space.

Such a scenario would also allow Bosh to get his max money in a sign and trade. But why would the Raptors do Bosh any favours, or Miami any favours, simply to save face?

“It’s not about the money,” Bosh said. “It’s not about anything else, except for winning. We’re going to bring winning to Miami.”

The Raptors weren’t commenting Wednesday, but one gets the feeling the team is pissed off at Bosh.

And it should be.

It may happen as early as Thursday, when the NBA’s moratorium gets lifted, but as of Wednesday it was unclear if Bosh would join Miami in an outright free-agent signing or in a sign and trade.

The difference in the two scenarios is $30 million US.

In a straight-up free-agent deal, Bosh would earn $96 million over five years, $125 million over six years in a sign and trade.

Wade will make the max.

While silence prevailed in Raptorland, Heat president did issue a statement.

“We are engaged in free agent negotiations with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. We intend to enter into player contracts with Dwyane and Chris once the moratorium period has ended.”

frank.zicarelli@sunmedia.ca


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