We’re all aware of the situation the Miami Heat franchise will face this summer, as their Big Three have options to become free agents. Regardless of all the speculation, Dwyane Wade has continued to be loyal to the organization that drafted him and has stated on several occasions his desire to remain and retire with the Miami Heat. So if this really is the case, it now comes down to a numbers game.
In the summer, Wade has the potential to opt-out of the remainder of his contract. As of now, he is owed $20 million next season and an additional $21 million in 2015-16. Based on his recent struggles with injury and the fact that he’s 32 it’s highly possible for Wade to take the money, as he’s unsure of his future. Or, he could work out a deal where he agrees to less money, but signs for addition years, ensuring his place with the team. That wouldn’t be a stretch, as Wade took a pay cut back in 2010 in order to make room for LeBron and Bosh, and look how that worked out. Wade is a bright player and is always looking at the bigger picture, winning more Championships. If Wade is once again willing to take less, perhaps the Heat can keep LeBron and go after a young star to help continue building Miami’s legacy.
Seeing as Wade has cemented his place in Miami Heat history as the player who not only brought the franchise their first Championship, but an additional two more, it’s obvious his is a priceless piece to this team. With that, the Heat might follow suit of the Lakers and choose to pay him for all the success he has had in South Beach over the years. In regards to Kobe’s recent contract extension, Wade stated “As a player, I loved it. Everyone who gets what they get deserves it, great. There’s a reason the Lakers felt that Kobe should get that money. There’s no right or wrong.”
LeBron James, best friends with Wade also weighed in on the deal saying “D-Wade is getting that Kobe deal.” In response to flattery by his teammate, Wade just smiled, but shook his head. He then jumped in stating “When I get into that position, it’s something I’ll think about, you have to sit down at the time and see what is best for you and for your team.”
For now we all know this is the furthest thing from their minds as they have only eyes on keeping that Larry O’Brien trophy in Miami. But, it will be interesting to see what goes down in the summer.