The good news for the Miami Heat keeps coming in with the latest from AP writer Tim Reynolds reporting that Dwyane Wade will indeed opt out of the final two years of the contract he signed in 2010 that owed him about $42 million. ESPN's Brian Windhorst is reporting that Chris Bosh is also opting out.
Dwyane Wade has opted out.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 28, 2014
It is clear that Pat Riley and the Heat front office are getting their wish with maximum roster flexibility assured now that LeBron James, Chris Andersen ("Birdman") and Udonis Haslem have all reportedly opted out as well. This combined with the fact that Chris Bosh has made it clear in the past that he wants to remain in Miami, along with the Big 3's not-so-secret meeting earlier in the week in South Beach to hash out their free agency deals, have made this offseason work out exactly as planned for Riley.
Connect the dots. LeBron said he won't decide until he talks w Wade/Bosh. Big 3 meets. Wade opts out. Bosh is next. Then... you know.— Will Manso (@WillManso) June 28, 2014
Chris Bosh plans opt out of contract, source tells ESPN. Dwyane Wade & Udonis Haslem also out per reports. Heat have record 55M cap space— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 28, 2014
UPDATE: Bosh has apparently not made a decision yet, which may be why Pat Riley did not mention him in today's press release but did specifically talk about Wade and Haslem.
Chris Bosh's agent now tells AP that Bosh has not decided on the opt-out decision. Not yes, not no.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 28, 2014
Again, Bosh has not decided. Still has two days. There was a miscommunication in a text to me earlier. Not sure on the other reports.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 28, 2014
On Bosh, the take is "he will" opt out for Monday's deadline. He has not done so yet. Been told "on the verge."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) June 28, 2014