Looks like Dwyane Wade might play for another team next season as rumors are swirling that talks with the Miami Heat are dwindling and that Wade is entertaining offers when free agency opens on July 1.
The 34-year-old point guard is going into the free agency as an unrestricted free agent with a cap hit of $30 million. With the increase set by the NBA for team’s salary cap, Wade is looking for a long tenure and financial stability as well. If initial talks with the Heat hit a wall, then they might lose Wade if he decides to sign with a team, which has a much better offer.
However, as Wade’s representatives openly stated that he is in the open market and according to ESPN senior writer Brian Windhorst, other teams are still skeptical if Wade would really consider leaving the Heat next season. Wade has played for the Heat since he was drafted back in 2003 as the fifth overall pick.
“I hope that everything is quiet and works out the way I want it to,” Wade said. “But I have no control over that, as much as people might think. It’s a lot of moving parts in free agency. I’m not worried about it.”
The Heat currently has $40 million in their cap space and they are currently in talks with re-signing Wade and the team’s other free agents including Hassan Whiteside and Luol Deng. They are also in the race to land Kevin Durant when the free agency opens this Friday. It will be a busy summer for teams and Wade as teams might also consider pitching for his services next season.
Wade is in the same position as he was in last summer wherein he signed a one-year $20 million contract with the intervention of Heat team owner Micky Arison. Now, Wade is in a similar situation and the Sun Sentinel noted that it has been a rocky ride so far for both parties.
“I think I’ve been around long enough to know now to expect anything going into the summer. At this time, I don’t expect anything. I have no idea. And that’s always the thing going into the summer, it’s always the unknown of what a team’s going to be when you don’t have a lot of guys under contract and when your whole team is not under contract. From that standpoint, I don’t know,” Wade explained.
This season has seen a drop in Wade’s performance as he has only averaged 19.0 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. It could be a sign that Wade wants a change of environment and wants to explore this year’s free agency market. Though it is unlikely of him to leave the Heat, but with the increase in next year’s salary cap, Wade is looking for where his talents would cost a lot.
Heat president Pat Riley has reiterated that Wade, Deng, and Whiteside are their top priorities this summer, it seems negotiations have started on the wrong side of the road. If the Heat will not be able to deliver as expected by their free agents, fans might see an exodus of its players starting with Wade this summer.
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