Sunday, June 6, 2010

Miami - Where Single Dads Happen

When Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade came to Miami, they were happily married men and fathers. Fast forward a few years and they are now both single fathers. Dorell Wright and Michael Beasley came to Miami as immature teenagers and they are now also single dads.

Without needing to do any research, I know of one single dad free agent - LeBron James, which gets me to thinking. What could the team be doing for this growing demographic? Should they be offering the best daycare money can buy to its players?

I am not really sure what league rules allow in order to improve the lives of Miami Heat players, but it might be time to get creative. The team only has about $60 million with which to construct a championship team next year, as the cap looks to be set at $56 million and the team figures to exceed that figure by a few million by rounding out the roster with a few veteran minimum contracts.

You are not allowed to do things specifically to circumvent the salary cap rules, but there is probably some gray area. One thing I noticed last year was that the Heat started bringing in Tim Grover. I am guessing that they were footing the bill, which must have made Wade a very happy man.

With the Heat slated to have one of the lowest team salaries for the next few years, they will have some extra cash to pump into team organized activities, such as boat parties. Just thinking out loud, I know I am not reinventing the wheel here.

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