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With multiple sources now willing to fill in the blanks, it becomes more and more clear how much advance work and planning was put in by (from left) Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James — as well as Miami Heat President Pat Riley — to bring the NBA’s three biggest free agents to South Florida. It was anything but a last-minute decision by James.

During a rally for Miami Heat fans Friday night, Chris Bosh said he’d been talking with new teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade about the moment for months.

It was a slip, which some — including Bosh — quickly noticed. Bosh’s statement hinted there was a long-standing plan in place to gather in Miami. That potentially would not only be against NBA rules, but also poor taste — considering Bosh and James were supposedly completely focused on the task at hand with teams in Toronto and Cleveland.

Bosh quickly revised the statement and said they’d been talking about it for “days.” But it was hardly correct. The truth is James, Bosh and Wade had been plotting this for years.

That won’t be comforting for Cavaliers fans who are still reeling from what many considered James’ stunning departure. For those deep in the process, however, it was hardly stunning. It was part of a complex master plan that was never guaranteed, but the trio’s heartfelt desire for much of the past four years.

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