Community Shootaround: James, Wade, Paul, Anthony

When LeBron James speculated last season about one day joining forces with Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, it seemed like just a fantasy. But recent events have created uncertain futures for three of the NBA’s four most famous friends.

Wade will miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a sprain and fracture in his right elbow on Wednesday. He left open a chance that he might return for the playoffs, but Chicago has fallen to 32-37 and two games out of the eighth spot in the East. Wade has a $23.8MM player option for next season, which might be tough to top on the open market, but if Wade opts out he may have already played his final game with the Bulls.

Paul is considered a sure thing to exercise his early termination option and forego a $24,268,960 salary for next season. At age 31, Paul will be seeking one last long-term contract to carry him through the end of his NBA career. Whether that deal comes from the Clippers could depend on L.A.’s playoff success. With Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick all headed to free agency, owner Steve Ballmer will have to decide if huge luxury tax payments are justified to keep the team together. Currently tied for fifth in the West, L.A. is likely to enter the postseason without home-court advantage.

The playoffs aren’t a concern in New York, where Anthony is toiling for the 12th best team in the East. He has been in a long-running feud with team president Phil Jackson and was the subject of trade rumors involving the Clippers, Cavaliers and Celtics prior to the deadline. Anthony is signed through next season, then has an early termination option for 2018/19. There’s a growing feeling that he might be willing to waive his no-trade clause this summer to join a contender and get away from Jackson.

That brings us to today’s question: Where do you think Wade, Paul and Anthony will be playing next season, and will they someday team up with LeBron before they all leave the NBA? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. We look forward to what you have to say.

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8 thoughts on “Community Shootaround: James, Wade, Paul, Anthony

  1. I believe that Wade will end up back in Chicago, at least to start the season. It would be hard to imagine someone giving him more than $23.8M for next season, and it could be the last year he’s able to make that kind of wage.

    I feel like Melo and CP3 will end up playing together next year, it just won’t be with the Knicks. Chances are if it’s going to happen, it will be with the Clips, but would it be crazy to see it happen in Miami? We know Pat Riley doesn’t like rebuilds, and with Bosh coming off the books, it would only take a Dragic for Melo deal to open up enough cap room to sign Paul.

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  2. dust44

    Yes they will all play in Cleveland before they retire. Kyrie and Paul in the backcourt. Melo and Bron at the forward spots. Love at the 5. Wade and Thompson off the bench.

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    • gopackgo

      why don’t you add Stef Curry to the list to and have an all star fill every roster spot for the CAVS.

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  3. Thedude

    Lakers will sign them all along with London ball, Stephen curry, kobe, shaq, Mike jordan, Michael Jackson, wilt, Dolph schayes and Brian scalabrine. Also Mike Penberthy

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  4. mikey

    I wouldn’t be surprised if two of them hooked up together like wade or Lebron again, melo and Paul, so on and so forth. But I doubt all four will end up together on one team. I expect both wade and Melo to be off their teams by this time next year, and that could be with Paul or Lebron, who are most likely to stay with their teams. I also expect bosh IF he plays again to join one of the four guys team because he’s also pretty good friends with all four guys.

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  5. Reflect

    Lebrons not leaving the Cavs but I can see the other 3 joining on the Lakers or something.

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  6. acarneglia

    They’ll all go to philly in like five years and all come off the bench except maybe Lebron to help embiid and Simmons win a championship and then all retire together

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  7. Jeremy

    Don’t be shocked to see Melo, Paul, and Wade in South Beach next year. It would be up to Lebron after that IMO

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