Originally Posted by Sarcastic
Why would he do that, when he could just get that the following year after collecting his $20+ million next year?
He could do that, but it's not unprecedented for a player to take less than market value. LeBron, Bosh, and Wade all took less than max money in 2010, with Wade taking the biggest paycut amongst the three. No one knows what may happen after this season, but right now it's looking like Wade will sit out at least 10% of all games. Bosh and LeBron are contributing, but they aren't stupid enough to believe that the supporting cast isn't needed for a ring.
Haslem, Beasley, Chalmers, Battier, Ray Allen, James Jones, Rashard Lewis, Birdman, Oden, and Roger Mason Jr are all hitting the market after this year. Wade would have to be out of his mind if he thinks the Heat can afford to lose 50% of those guys and still have a chance at competing for a title. Of course he can just keep opting in and trade cash over rings, but that wouldn't spill over well with LeBron and Bosh. Wade would put himself in a situation where he'd make $20M, but be surrounded by scrubs and retire in a Rashard Lewis / Vince Carter type of way.
What I think will happen is that LeBron, Wade and Bosh (maybe Haslem, Allen, and others as well) will sit down some time after this season's over and talk about how each guy wants to move forward from here. If the Heat win their third title in a row, they'll have a chance to do something that hasn't been done even by Jordan. It will be interesting for sure to see what happens.