For those of you who don't know, or don't live in the greater Miami area, Jonathan Zaslow is radio talk-show host on South Florida's #1 sports talk station, WAXY 790 ‘The Ticket'. While he roots for all the local sports teams, ‘Zas' is a die-hard Miami Heat fan and has been since their inaugural season. Every few weeks Zaslow takes the time to put a blog together for us at PIM, and here is his latest entry:
I have a few thoughts on this "Free Agent Summit" which Amare Stoudemire is now apparently joining........
First of all, I have no idea how Joe Johnson, Chris Bosh, and Amare Stoudemire land themselves at the same table as Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Maybe Wade and James are the only ones allowed to talk at this meeting unless one of the others raise their hands and ask politely.
Anyway, when we first heard about this supposed meeting, I thought it sounded pretty cool and was a real good thing for the Heat (The Heat are the only team that could potentially sign three of these guys, if you include Wade. That's a big relief for the Heat fan). Now having a few days to digest the whole thing, I think it's corny and a huge farce. I mean, seriously? They're all going to get together and figure out how they can play together? Are they bringing a copy of the CBA so they can work out salary cap figures?
They should invite me to run this meeting. I have the solution. If they really want to find a way for a few (more than two) of them to play together, I can tell them how to make it happen. How about we all just take less money??? Not significantly less. But instead of the first year of your deal starting at $16 million, how about it starts at $12 million??? It's that easy. You can all play together this way. But there is ZERO chance of any of them taking less money. It NEVER happens. (Just because Gary Payton and Karl Malone took minimum deals in the twilight of their careers to play with the '04 Lakers, people think players will take less money to play with a "winner")
It's why the whole ting with Dwyane and his "extension" was aggravating to me. Dwyane Wade deserves the maximum deal. He's a top 3 player in this league, and he deserves to be paid as such. But all the talk throughout the season about how winning is most important, and all that matters to him......is utter nonsense. When it all boils down to it, Dwyane Wade is resigning with the Heat. And for all the talk about "winning" and building a great team for 2010......it would all have been made easier had Dwyane signed an extension mid-season. But he didn't do that because the extension could only have been for 3 more years at $20 million per (since he wouldn't have been opting out of his current deal). But when he opts out, he gets 6 years and a boatload of money. (Again, which he deserves.)
That's why the whole thing is so silly. If they want to play together, it's real easy to figure out how that's possible: Share the wealth.
You can hear Zaslow every weeknight from 7-10pm (unless there is a Panthers or Marlins game) on 790 The Ticket. If you have questions for Zaslow you can e-mail him at Zaslow@790theticket.com, or you can leave it in the comments section and he will answer it himself.