LeBron James deserves a max contract. For goodness sakes, he has never been the highest paid player on his own team. That may not seem like anything important to the average fan, but I guarantee you it is for the best player in the world.
This means that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are due for a pay cut, but they might also be able to finagle a contract extension out of it too. Pat Riley could be a little nervous about his team’s age at this point, and I would not be shocked to see him retire in the next couple seasons. It appears that the former “Showtime” coach is bringing out all the stops; his trade for Shabazz Napier spoke volumes, and I think it likely means that the “Big 3” will come back for at least a couple years.
LeBron’s meetings will be followed closely, but it would ultimately be a surprise if he left South Beach. Because of Wade’s knee, James should want a little bit of flexibility in his contract, and that is something Riley can live with at this point.
Having a family in Miami definitely makes it harder to leave, and making four straight Finals does not hurt the chances of a rerun. If they can make it five in a row, then they will be hovering in Bill Russell‘s territory, which is not so terrible company to be in.
The only clear thing is that James deserves to be the league’s highest paid player; he might have to settle with being the most owed member of his own team.