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When Dwyane Wade talks about sitting down with LeBron James and Joe Johnson (and perhaps Chris Bosh), he's suggesting a tiny handful of elite players could conspire to determine the future of the NBA, Mark Kreidler writes. Story
“"To some extent, we do have control because we're all under the same umbrella," Thomas said, according to the report. "We're going to have really solid information on what's going on that will clearly benefit our guys. And that's the goal -- to get our players the best deals they can get." James, Wade and Bosh became close while playing together on the U.S. Olympic basketball team that won the gold medal at the Beijing Games. While they've pondered the possibility of playing together in the NBA, only two of the stars are likely to wind up on the same team once the dust clears, given their likely salary demands. Last week, the NBA said Wade did not break any league tampering rules with his comments. Under league rules, players cannot tamper with other players, though it's a given that players talking among themselves not only happens, but is impossible to regulate. The NBA metes out discipline only in what it said are "the most egregious" cases, and said Wade's comments "do not meet that standard." Tuesday, Wade said he wants to stay in Miami, if the Heat upgrade the roster and take big steps toward becoming an NBA championship contender again. "Nothing's changed. You know me, the person I am. I'm not going to change," Wade told the AP. "The biggest thing is I want to win and I want to make sure that we can do that here in Miami. If we can't, then I've got to think about another decision, think about something I don't want to do. It's the business side of it. "But at the end of the day, everyone knows, it's not any secret that I want to be in Miami," Wade added. "It's just steps, a lot of steps, have to be taken to get to that point." The Heat did not comment Tuesday. They're fully aware of Wade's desires -- Riley often has said he wants to build a "dynasty" around Wade, who was the MVP of Miami's run to the 2006 NBA title. The Heat haven't won a playoff series since. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
These guys came into the league at the same time and they're in similar situations, so it's unrealistic to think that they won't talk. But there's no summit of any kind planned where they'll all be in the same location.” -- Player agent Henry Thomas