NBA Finals: Heat locking in on the present, not what summer brings

NBA Finals: Heat locking in on the present, not what summer brings

Four years ago, when LeBron James uttered that now-infamous phrase "not two, not three, not four, not five " about how many championships he hoped to win with the Heat, it was almost immediately turned into a punch line. It rings prophetic in some ways


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How the Heat fare in their NBA Finals rematch with the San Antonio Spurs might dictate what happens in July, when James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade can become free agents if they choose. A looming offseason of decisions has been a taboo subject for the Heat "Big 3" this season, and Wade insisted Monday that Miamis stars have not said a word to each other about what may or may not happen.

"Im not lying," Wade said.

Still, as long as Miami keeps winning, it seems logical the "Big 3" will stay together.

"I want to come back. Thats OK to say, I think," Bosh said Monday after the Heat finished their first workout in preparation for the NBA Finals, which begin Thursday in San Antonio. "I cant speak for anything else and I dont want to take away from the subject at hand, but I like it here. Its Miami. Enough said. People are dying to get here."

Regardless of the outcome of this Heat-Spurs series, there will be changes to the Heat, which is an annual rite for just about every team. James, Wade and Bosh can all opt out of their current deals. Shane Battier is retiring, Ray Allen may think about doing the same, while Mario Chalmers, James Jones and Rashard Lewis are notable free-agents-in-waiting.

Its not just the "Big 3" who arent thinking too far ahead, yet.

Allen said no one in the room is looking past anything but this series especially with the Spurs Tim Duncan saying San Antonio will get it done this year after falling short against the Heat last season. But as James noted, both teams have their own motivation.

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