For much of the past week, discussion on this website has been centered around the theoretical acquisition of Oklahoma City’s first professional superstar, Chris Paul. And while the debate has raged between those who agree with me and think, “If you can a player as good as CP3, you do it,” and those people who are wrong, there is nothing close to unanimity on the topic.
So, today, I will try to change the subject and delve into another trading opportunity the Thunder could theoretically, but probably not, have. The idea came to me when I read this article (insider access required) by Chad Ford. For those without ESPN Insider, the gist of the article circled around the pipe dream that Miami might possibly woo both LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join a re-signed Dwyane Wade in the Summer of 2010.
The likelihood such a haul is irrelevant to this discussion, as what really matters is the Heat’s managment’s willingness to do what it takes for a chance to make the biggest free agent splash in NBA history. Because it would take a lot. A LOT. And that’s just for the opportunity to possibly coax those two into turning down a lot of other attractive opportunities.
Some of you may be wondering, “what does this have to do with the Thunder?” That’s a good question. Ford layed out three scenarios in which Miami could make a run at next Summer’s three premiere free agents. Numbers one and three were basically non-starters with the former involving sign and trades (which would be practically impossible for a Heat team that would basically have an empty roster) and the latter asking the three superstars to accept less so they could all play together (that only happens when players are trying to get a ring at the end of their careers).
That leaves the second scenario, for which Oklahoma City could get very involved. See what and how after the jump.