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Wade does not know what the terms of his contract will be (he could receive around $126 million for six years but told AP he would take less if necessary to make other deals work). Bosh doesn't have terms of his deal done either. It's all contingent on what James says Thursday night, and Wade insisted he knows nothing about what the two-time MVP will say or where he'll be saying it from.
"I won't speak to him again until he makes his decision," Wade said in the AP interview. "And when it's over, I will congratulate him."
The Heat still have only four players in the picture for this coming season: Wade, Bosh, Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers. Miami is in discussions with several free agents, including Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller, Raymond Felton and Udonis Haslem -- whom Wade has played with in all seven of his previous seasons.
The salary cap released for the 2010-11 season on Thursday was just over $58 million, about $2 million more than teams expected, and that extra money could likely be yet another free-agency edge for the Heat.
"We'll see what the best thing is for us to win," Wade told the AP. "I'm going to make a lot of money, no matter what happens. I've been blessed. I'm not counting every dollar and every cent. Let's sit down, let's see what the best thing is for us, for the long haul."
Miami came into free agency with what turned out to be roughly $46 million of cap space, not including $16.5 million or so earmarked for Wade, thanks to years of avoiding just about any deal where money would have been committed for the 2010-11 season.
It was high-stakes poker, and Riley went all-in that he could get something done to make Wade happy.
Citing league rules, the Heat couldn't express their glee Wednesday, since the NBA's signing moratorium was ongoing.
Wade's oldest son, however, isn't bound by any restrictions.
Zaire Wade, 8, got woken by his father Wednesday with the news: Daddy's staying in Miami.
"For real? Cool," Zaire replied.
Wade knew he made the right choice.
"I felt great this morning, waking up knowing I've got another chapter behind me," Wade told the AP. "Coming into the summer, I knew that I had a court case here, court case there, custody, all these things. Just took one step at a time, and this is another step in the journey of where I wanted to go, forward, not backward."
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