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Dwyane Wade, LeBron and Joe Johnson plan to talk free agency before July 1. (Getty Images)

Yesterday, we told you about Dwyane Wade‘s grand plan to discuss his free agency will LeBron and Joe Johnson before the free agency period begins July 1. Wade told the Chicago Tribune:

“[Free agency] has been three years coming. We’ve discussed it prematurely, at different times. [But] you don’t know what guys are thinking and where they’re going. I think we’ll all sit down, and before one of us makes a decision, all of us will have spoken to each other and [listened to the] thinking.

“A lot of decisions [will be based on] what other players are willing to do and what other guys want to do. So it’s not just a ‘me’ situation here. We all have to look and see what each other is thinking.”

Since Wade’s announcement, it’s been speculated that the trio may run into trouble with the league because collision and tampering (which Mark Cuban, Steve Kerr and Michael Gearon know all about). But this is a different kind of collusion – one the league can do nothing about it. Bottom line, they are going to choreograph the dance. They will work to set up package deals. The players can, and will, talk with each other, and they know what the teams are thinking. In short: the players, and their agents, call the shots this summer. Not the teams. And not the NBA. []

  • Published On May 28, 2010
  • Hawks owner fined $25K for mentioning LeBron

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    Add Michael Gearon’s name to the list of team executives who have been fined for violating the NBA’s anti-tampering rules. In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks’ co-owner said he’d go over the luxury-tax threshold if he could get LeBron.

    “If somebody came to us tomorrow and said you can have LeBron for max money and it puts you in the luxury tax, I’d do it in a a heartbeat,” Gearon told the AJC. “But am I going to do that for [Zydrunas] Ilgauskas? Am I going to do it for Jermaine O’Neal? I don’t think so …”

    Yep, that’ll get you a $25,000 fine. Mark Cuban, Steve Kerr: Make room for Mr. Gearon.
    [Gearon fined --]
    [Hawks willing to spend -- AJC]

  • Published On May 27, 2010