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,
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?”
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.