Next season will be about winning three in a row, but it will also be about the future of LeBron James and the Heat's Big 3. All three players can opt out of their contracts next season. The decision to either keep the Heat's run going or break it up is one of the NBA's major storylines despite it being a year away.
On Monday after the championship celebration, I asked Dwyane Wade about the future of the Big 3 beyond next season. Wade wants it to keep going but said it's not something he, LeBron James and Chris Bosh have discussed in detail, “just like we never even envisioned we would play together until free agency came about, and it became a reality.
“Now, we’re in the middle of this great, historic team and run and we’re enjoying it and you don’t want it to come to an end. But you can’t think about the future. When that time comes after next season, when we have to sit down and talk about the futures and what direction they’re going in, hopefully they’re all going in the same direction. We’ll do what we did in 2010 — sit down as men and talk about it.”
James said on Monday during an interview with Rachel Nichols on CNN that he hasn't "really even thought about it, so when that moment comes up, I will approach it, like a professional, and we’ll see what happens.”
Of course, the real question here isn't whether or not the Big 3 wants to keep the team together. The reality of next season is that the Heat has to figure out a way to keep its luxury-tax penalty under control or possibly watch the Big 3 dissolve.