Heat's 'Big 3' together for now

Chris Bosh, left, with Dwyane Wade, along with teammate LeBron James, aren’t saying if the Heat’s ‘‘Big 3’’ will stay intact.

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Chris Bosh, left, with Dwyane Wade, along with teammate LeBron James, aren’t saying if the Heat’s ‘‘Big 3’’ will stay intact.

MIAMI — For the Heat, it's all about June.

July can wait.

Four years ago, when LeBron James uttered that now-infamous phrase — "not two, not three, not four, not five …" — about how many championships he hoped to win with the Heat, it was almost immediately turned into a punch line. It rings prophetic in some ways now, with the Heat in the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season.

How the Heat fares in its rematch with the Spurs might dictate what happens in July, when James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade can become free agents. A looming offseason of decisions has been a taboo subject for the Heat "Big 3" this season, and Wade insisted Monday that Miami's stars have not said a word to each other about what may or may not happen.

"I'm not lying," Wade said.

Still, as long as Miami keeps winning, it seems logical the "Big 3" will stay together.

"I want to come back. That's okay to say, I think," Bosh said after the Heat finished its first workout in preparation for the Finals, which begin Thursday in San Antonio.

"I can't speak for anything else and I don't want to take away from the subject at hand, but I like it here. It's Miami. Enough said. People are dying to get here."

Regardless of the outcome of this Heat-Spurs series, there will be changes to the Heat, which is an annual rite for just about every team. James, Wade and Bosh can all opt out of their current deals.

Shane Battier has agreed to a multi-year deal with ESPN to become a college basketball analyst next season, usatoday.com reported. Ray Allen may also think about retiring, while Mario Chalmers, James Jones and Rashard Lewis can become free agents.

Wade believes Miami's legacy has been secured.

"Whenever it's all said and done, the legacy of this team, it's going to be a great team," Wade said. "It's going to go down in history as an unbelievable team not only in South Florida but in NBA history."

Jackson's comment draws $25,000 fine

NEW YORK — Knicks president Phil Jackson has been fined $25,000 by the league for a tampering violation involving Thunder guard Derek Fisher.

Jackson told reporters last week that Fisher is "on my list of guys that could be very good candidates" to coach the Knicks. Because Fisher is under contract with the Thunder, that was deemed to be in violation of league rules.

The Thunder was eliminated from the Western Conference finals Saturday. Fisher is widely expected to retire after completing his 18th season.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Chicago's Joakim Noah and Indiana's Paul George received the most votes on this year's NBA all-defensive team. Noah, a former Gator, received 105 of 123 possible votes, while George had 65. Other first-team selections: Clippers guard Chris Paul, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala. … Pacers president Larry Bird wants free agent Lance Stephenson back at the right price. "I think his ceiling is what he wants it to be," Bird said, "I always want him back. You just don't let talent like that walk away if you can help it." Stephenson was criticized for antics in the Eastern Conference finals including blowing in James' ear. … Former Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro interviewed with the Cavaliers over the weekend, the Associated Press reported. … Chris Hansen said he is confident that he'll be able to find investors to take Steve Ballmer's place in his group that is trying to build a news arena and bring a team to Seattle. Ballmer agreed to buy the Clippers last week for $2 billion.

Finals

HEAT VS. SPURS

Thursday: at San Antonio, 9, Ch. 28

Sunday: at San Antonio, 8, Ch. 28

June 10: at Miami, 9, Ch. 28

June 12: at Miami, 9, Ch. 28

June 15: at San Antonio, 8, Ch. 28 *

June 17: at Miami, 9, Ch. 28 *

June 20: at San Antonio, 9, Ch. 28 *

* if necessary

Heat's 'Big 3' together for now 06/02/14 [Last modified: Monday, June 2, 2014 9:18pm]

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