The developing contract standoff between the Heat and Dwyane Wade has the potential to test a 12-year relationship that has been hugely beneficial to both sides. We’ll have plenty of time to watch that situation unfold between now and the start of free agency on July 1. In the meantime, this Dan Le Batard column in the Miami Herald breaking it down includes this neat what-if scenario about a blockbuster trade that never happened:
Miami’s Big 3 would have never gotten together if Shawn Marion, of all people, had gotten what he wanted. Marion was so stubborn about wanting a max contract back in 2007 that his insistence helped blow up a three-team deal that could have sent Kevin Garnett from Minnesota to Phoenix. That deal would have prevented Garnett from ever teaming up with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to win a championship in Boston. But Marion wouldn’t re-sign with a trading team that wasn’t offering the max, so he was instead sent to Miami for a disgruntled Shaquille O’Neal. Miami offered Marion a four-year contract that would have also kept Miami’s Big 3 from uniting, but not at the max. So Marion asked to be traded … and had to settle in Dallas for a five-year, $39 million deal that was far less than the max.