Wade, LeBron and Joe are meeting? Where — Yalta?

Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin discuss world free agency.

Winston Churchill (left), Franklin D. Roosevelt (center) and Joseph Stalin -- all power forwards -- discussed world free agency at Yalta.

According to Miami’s Dwyane Wade, there is going to be a relative G-4 summit during which the NBA’s significant free agent nations – Wade, Cleveland’s LeBron James, the Hawks’ Joe Johnson and perhaps Toronto’s Chris Bosh – will plot their strategy for this offseason.

Baseball owners did something like this once. It was called collusion.

OK, so maybe a little get-together between Wade,

Pay no attention to this photo: Dwyane Wade and LeBron James will not point in the same direction.

Pay no attention to this photo: Dwyane Wade and LeBron James will not point in the same direction.

James, Johnson and Bosh wouldn’t constitute anything illegal. Players talk all the time. They compare organizations. Also women and coaches, women and cities, women and teammates. As Josh Smith would tell you, they also discuss what road cities are the worst for restaurants.

But does anybody seriously expect four high-profile free agents to coordinate what respective teams they may sign with? Seriously, how is this supposed to go?

LeBron: “I’m signing with either the Knicks or the  Bulls. I would appreciate it if you guys just wait until I’ve made my decision.”

Bosh: “Excuse me?”

The Hawks' Joe Johnson is just looking for a dance partner.

Joe Johnson is just looking for a dance partner.

Wade: “Actually, LeBron, I was kind of hoping you would come down to Miami. But if you’re not, Chicago is my first choice. So it’s either going to have to be the Knicks or Cleveland for you.”

Johnson: “Can I say something?”

LeBron, Wade, Bosh: “No!”

LeBron: “Chris, what if you come with me to New York? We would own Manhattan, baby!”

Wade: “Forget him, Chris. Join me in Miami.”

Johnson: “I like Miami.”

Bosh: “I don’t know guys. I really like Chicago.”

Johnson: “I like Chicago.”

James: “Guys, no disrespect. But I am LeBron James. Maybe you’ve seen my commercials. You will wait for me to make my decision.”

Johnson: “No disrespect, LeBron. But I got as far in the playoffs this year as you did.”

What do you think? Pretty close?

Just guessing that this meeting never actually takes place. This isn’t Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joesph Stalin at Yalta.

Players have their own agendas, their own desired salaries and aspirations. This isn’t about deciding where each will go for the betterment of the league. It’s about the betterment of their careers.

To put it another way: There is no team in I.

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F-105 Thunderchief

May 28th, 2010
10:13 am

Sonny Clusters

May 28th, 2010
10:13 am

F-105 Thunderchief

May 28th, 2010
10:13 am

Dang, first on Bradley and Schultz in one day. Is there a trophy involved here? Now, I’ll go read the fine post.

Sonny Clusters

May 28th, 2010
10:13 am

Congrats, F-105. We was too slow because Clusters can’t jump.

Sonny Clusters

May 28th, 2010
10:14 am

Whoa, we read the whole thing.

Reid Adair

May 28th, 2010
10:16 am

This reminds me of that game they used to have, on Sesame Street I think, where they asked “Can you guess which one is not like the others?”

Why would Joe Johnson be meeting with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade? Does Johnson honestly think he’s the same caliber of player that they are?

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
10:16 am

F-105 Thunderchief — Bradley, I, Wade, Joe and LeBron will get together to discuss an appropriate trophy.

F-105 Thunderchief

May 28th, 2010
10:16 am

Unless two of them are going to take less money to play on the same team, I see this as much ado about not much.

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
10:17 am

Sonny — It’s all that Dairy Queen fare from your childhood that’s weighing you down.

Gilley

May 28th, 2010
10:17 am

First? I am screaminggggggggggggggggg @ the commentary!!!

Tucker T

May 28th, 2010
10:17 am

I agree Jeff. The whole idea that these guys are going to get together and plot the future of the NBA is ridiculous. Money and ego will get in the way of that. Is it possible that two of them may end up on the same team? Yes, but it will not be because they DECIDED that it was going to be that way. These guys are taking themselves far too seriously.

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
10:18 am

Reid — Somebody already has put forth the theory that he’s there to serve drinks. … Seriously, Joe is a great second piece for a team. So I could see whether either LeBron or Wade would want him on their teams.

WalterEgo

May 28th, 2010
10:19 am

Players may have their own agendas, but if winning a national title is part of their agenda then two of these four FA all-stars will want to go to the same destination. Question: Does Chicago have enough cap space for 2 of them? Even if a trade (of Deng/Hinrick) is financially and max contract required to do so, with Rose already there Chicago would be all but a shoo-in.

Speaking of which, I wouldn’t mind trading Deng/Hinrick for JJ. It’s one of the better deals for JJ that I can think of. Hinrich starts at the 1, Jamal starts at the 2. Marvin goes to the bench (where he belongs) and Teague gets a more prominent BU Pg role. Draft a guard, sign a BU 2, and/or bring back Childress. My preference would be to sign a BU 2 (Flip?) and draft a big with potential (Seraphin?).

Alright, this turned into a “How to improve the Hawks IF we have to trade JJ” commentary. Oops.

First?

DirtyDawg

May 28th, 2010
10:19 am

This is why I hate the NBA. Where a small group of players can ‘conspire’ to go as a package deal to the highest bidder and, probably, deliver a Championship – or not. If this isn’t in violation of some anti-trust law, then what the hell is?…or maybe a RICO statute…or simply a few selfish guys that, while most of the country is hurting financially, can hold billionaires up for more millions for them…and all the while they know that they’ll only have to play hard in April and May…and the fans pay for it. You bought a ticket to an NBA game recently…or in the past 15 years for that matter?

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
10:21 am

WalterEgo — This wouldn’t be the first Hawks’ blog to turn into a what-can-we-get-for-Joe commentary among readers.

Sonny Clusters

May 28th, 2010
10:22 am

The Braves are 1.5 games out and Chipper has been getting some “big walks” and here Jeff is talking Yalta and basketball. We was wondering if any of those players know who Joseph Stalin played for? Probably Cobb County.

MatthewH

May 28th, 2010
10:24 am

Sonny-Everybody knows Stalin played for the “Reds”

Sonny Clusters

May 28th, 2010
10:27 am

Clusters don’t mean to be rude but talking baseball is one of our favorite things to do and talking basketball is painful for a Clusters. We was thinking we will come back later. When we do we’d like to know what is the biggest walk of all the big walks? Who was the biggest big walker all-time and why? And, if big walks is what they want will there soon be a midget on this team? Has there ever been a designated walker?

ChippersLoveChild

May 28th, 2010
10:30 am

All take one year deals with the Lakers like Malone and Payton did… well not Joe… they’ll trick him into going to the Clippers… Gasol, Bosh, James, Bryant, Wade… hope you sense the sarcasm.

TONE

May 28th, 2010
10:30 am

My huddle house sources say that the new coach of the Hawks will be Julian King he is currently the Head Coach of TC williams High in virginia (remember the titans) but he is a georgia Native .
this new wrinkle is because kevin willis privately turned down the job because he learned JJ was considering going to the Big 3 plus 1/2 summit mentioned in Jeff’s outstanding article above.

Jeff Schultz

May 28th, 2010
10:30 am

Sonny. I’m going to Braves game tomorrow. I’ll ask Chipper about walks. And LeBron. And Stalin.

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Tim

May 28th, 2010
10:35 am

Good work Jeff, this is a good read.

Greg Norton

May 28th, 2010
10:39 am

I don’t know if there is a designated walker, but the Braves had a designated strike out, weak fly and double play batter last year.

Jerry West

May 28th, 2010
10:41 am

Schultzie, whatcha hearing on the coaching front? Bradley keeps trying to force Dwane Casey on us.

What’s the deal with NBA guys and their moms’ spelling Dwayne by the way?

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SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

May 28th, 2010
10:47 am

3 of these players were olympic teammates , I wonder which one of these wasn’t in china ?
serving drinks is about right

JC

May 28th, 2010
10:48 am

So according to the Yalta analogy:

LeBron: FDR – most important figure at the meeting, will lead discussion and get them all to do what’s best for him.
Wade: Stalin – will resent basing his free agency decision on what LeBron does, which will lead to a cold war-esque rivalry
Curchill: JJ – doesn’t get a lot of consideration and continues being successful under the radar

JC

May 28th, 2010
10:51 am

FYI Jerry, it’s D-W-Y-A-N-E Wade, not Dwayne. Only reason I know is from writing it wrong so many times myself.

J

May 28th, 2010
10:52 am

Actually this happened when before when Wade, Anthony, Bosh and James was restricted free agents and they communicated and all but Anthony signed the shorter contract. does not surprise me if the did.

Jerry West

May 28th, 2010
10:55 am

I know it’s Dwyane, that’s what I was getting at. You got Dwyane and Dwane, can’t we just get Dwayne? Or even Duane? Though that may be retired by the immortal Duane Ferrell.

In Dunta Robinson fashion, I feel a Dwan (long a) coming on.

Happy Jack

May 28th, 2010
10:58 am

Down here in Miami, sports talk is speculating that AT LEAST 2 of those guys will be with the Heat next year.

Happy Jack

May 28th, 2010
10:59 am

shouldn’t we call him Dw-YANE Wade?

Ryder

May 28th, 2010
11:01 am

I think that Bosh will join Wade in Miami and JJ will go with Lebron in a sign and trade.

Feudfinder

May 28th, 2010
11:19 am

It does not matter whether they all play together for a team or not. That does not punch them an automatic championship ticket. I have seen Goliath beaten many times before. Infact, one Goliath was just out-punched by David in the eastern conference semis. I do not mean David Stern.

Iceman

May 28th, 2010
11:23 am

F-105 Thunderchief, report back to base and check in with Maverick and Goose – over.

HawkKingBibby

May 28th, 2010
11:39 am

It appears to me from watching the playoffs the last couple of years that Lebron would be a nice second piece for a team since he cant carry anyone. He is no Magic, he is no Kobe and he sure as hell aint MJ. He would be a nice sidekick to Dwight Howard, kind of like Supermans Batman, lol. I hope Dwight doesnt take advantage of Brons mom though.

Henry Bibby

May 28th, 2010
11:42 am

Is Dwight a fan of the older women, too? I knew DWade was.

John

May 28th, 2010
11:43 am

Joe Johnson is tired of being the go to guy with the hawks he wants another star player to play with. It’s either going to be D.Wade/J.Johnson in Miami together and L.James/C.Bosh in Chi, NY or NJ together.

F-105 Thunderchief

May 28th, 2010
11:44 am

Jeff, an appropriate trophy would be Mrs. Anne Hathaway Thunderchief.

Clay

May 28th, 2010
11:46 am

Sonny lost me at Stalin and Cobb Co.

An Adult

May 28th, 2010
11:56 am

F-105 Thunderchief — geez, first here too… your Mommy must be so proud! I bet you clean your room and take out the garbage too. What a good boy

Dawglasville

May 28th, 2010
11:57 am

The Yalta comparison is really funny. Maybe they are meeting at Camp David.

CC CAMP

May 28th, 2010
12:01 pm

…the NBA = National BasketCase Association

I want Football Season

May 28th, 2010
12:08 pm

*
Nesbitt for Heisman

F-105 Thunderchief

May 28th, 2010
12:12 pm

Is there a fly in here? No, it’s the bitter, never first, so-called adult lady again. My mom’s dead, but thanks for playing you insufferable loser.

Ben

May 28th, 2010
12:17 pm

What would happen if 3 of these guys ended up on the same team? Would the NBA have any recourse? If Stern can fine owners for even whispering about Lebron would there be a penalty for something like this? I’m so over this free agent season already. Being a die hard fan if this league is for suckers.

Sonny Clusters

May 28th, 2010
12:18 pm

Chipper may not be comfortable talking about Stalin and Yalta unless it was a good place to hunt and fish. We was thinking about Bambi and how sad it would be if Bambi wandered onto the Double Dime while Chipper was taking a big walk and he saw Bambi and blew her away. Yes, “big walks” will be the theme for awhile and we was wondering who some of the big walkers might be?

Will Chipper change his music to “Walking the Dog?” Last night could have been Walking in the Rain. We personally like “Walking the Dog” and a little Rufus Thomas to give it some pop.

Sonny Clusters

May 28th, 2010
12:23 pm

“He’s had some really big walks lately” . . . that’s like saying Obama’s had some really big oil spills lately. We was thinking Jeff could ask some penetrating questions and see what he gets back. “What is the most exciting walk so far?” “Do you think you could walk faster without batting gloves?” “When walking, is it best to drop the bat and move directly to first or should you take a step and then drop the bat?” “What’s Booby’s sign for a walk and does it involve going to the nose?”

ryan

May 28th, 2010
12:31 pm

How is this not collusion?