It's not the first time this has happened, but it is probably the most bold and noteworthy. Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are all going to have the chance to opt-out of their current contracts and become free agents if they want to this summer.
Each of them this season have given different types of directional statements pointing to them staying in Miami. And now, the boss, the owner - Micky Arison was asked about his chances of keeping the Big 3 in Miami.
When asked Monday by 790 The Ticket (Miami Radio) to give a percentage chance of keeping them with the Heat, he responded, "100 percent."
That seems pretty confident. He was also asked about the biggest challenge in keeping them to which he responded: "I hope it's not gonna be a challenge at all," he said. "We'll see. Our challenge right now is the Charlotte Bobcats."
Next year Bosh, Wade and James will all be owed over $20 million a piece if they opt-in to their contracts. We don't know how all the specifics are going to play out, and a lot of it probably depends on how well they do in the Playoffs this year. But there will be some roster overhaul this summer with the likely retirement of Shane Battier, and possibly Ray Allen. Mario Chalmers will be an unrestricted free agent. The only other players under contract are Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem and Norris Cole.
So, in all, we like what Arison had to say, especially in light of him being to give any percentage over 75% and Heat Nation would have been happy to hear. Arison is confident, and so should you be.