In an interview with ESPN.com days before the Finals, Wade said he didn't feel obligated to opt out and take less money and believed such a move wasn't essential to keep the team's top three players together. James was noncommittal on his future Sunday night. Bosh said after the team's shootaround Sunday morning that a loss in the Finals wouldn't bring an end to their time as teammates, after a successful run of consecutive championships in 2012 and 2013 and four straight years in the Finals.
"We didn't know what to expect when we decided to come together four years ago," Wade said. "We felt as individuals we could do it, that we could put our egos to the side and not care about the individual part of the game and become a great team. It's been a hell of a ride in these four years. We didn't say, 'OK, let's try for four years.' We said, 'Let's just play together, and let's see what happens.'"
The Heat now head into an offseason of reassessment.
Among the priorities is trying to figure out what to expect from Wade moving forward.
The same player who peaked against the Pacers was completely puzzling against the Spurs.