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08:07 AM ET 10.13 | Any significant change to term limits on free-agent signings could benefit the Heat. In the lockout negotiations, the NBA is pushing to have those limits reduced to three years when signing with outside teams and four years when returning to their current teams. ... If the league gets its way, this is a game-changer for the Heat, one of the few positive game-changers for the Heat among the league's proposals in a new agreement. Here's why: LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each can opt out of their current Heat contracts as early as the 2014 offseason, with two years left on their deals. But if the most they could receive elsewhere is three years, likely at less money that they would receive by staying, why bother?

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October 13, 2011  08:31 AM ET

Size not length matters, Bros.

October 13, 2011  08:33 AM ET

Wow another story on how the Heat will have a advantage over everyone for the next 20 years.

October 13, 2011  08:43 AM ET

Advantage rest of the league. HA!

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October 13, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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Wow another story on how the Heat will have a advantage over everyone for the next 20 years.

I don't see this an an advantage for the Heat players. They took less money to play together. If they don't win a championship all three will look elsewhere for small money. There's a price to pay for glory and they will sacrifice... they've done it before. If I'm Pat Riley I'd be petrified...

October 13, 2011  09:11 AM ET

So they become virtual prisoners in Miami.

That's sounds great as long as they don't mind the humiliation year after year after year after year.

Besides, unless Fisher and Hunter get a clue and grow a brain the lockout will still be going on in 2014 so it really won't matter much.

October 13, 2011  09:14 AM ET

i highly doubt it

October 13, 2011  09:23 AM ET
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See, this is a great idea for all NBA teams. I don't get why posters don't get this idea and still blame the owners. This idea makes every player put out their best everytime. If they don't than they are released.

It's such a great deal that the owners could do this without locking the players out. Don't offer scrubs multi-year deals worth millions just so another owner won't get him. How difficult is that?

October 13, 2011  09:30 AM ET
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It's such a great deal that the owners could do this without locking the players out. Don't offer scrubs multi-year deals worth millions just so another owner won't get him. How difficult is that?

So you're saying let the other owner get him then?

October 13, 2011  09:42 AM ET

Let 'em! If your rival wants to pay $25M to Drew Gooden, he deserves all the pain and horror that brings.

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