Miami Heat: Despite Rumors, Dwyane Wade Isn't Leaving
May 30, 2015
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The NBA world has been heating up the past couple of days with rumors and reports of Dwyane Wade possibly leaving the Miami Heat due to early contract disputes. The first thing that came to my mind is that, boy, there’s a lot of off time between the conference championships and NBA Finals.
I don’t care what you hear or read between now and the next month, Wade is not leaving Miami.
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Wade and the Heat tie together like Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees. You can’t have one without the other. Wade has been the face of this franchise since he was drafted in 2003, and he’ll go down as the greatest player ever to put on a Heat uniform. (Sorry, LeBron) There’s no doubt Wade’s No. 3 will be retired.
Wade has had chances to leave Miami for Chicago, his true hometown, and he didn’t do it. In fact, he took less money to stay so the Heat could build a competitive team around him, which of course, went on to win two more championships. The love affair between city and player is so strong that locals will tell you that Dade County is truly Wade County. There’s a chance Wade is the most popular athlete in the history of Miami, surpassing Miami Dolphins’ Dan Marino.
Yes, Wade has sacrificed a lot for the Heat over the years. He’s taken multiple pay cuts so the team would be more competitive. He took a backseat to LeBron so the team wouldn’t have two alpha males always fighting over the ball. He’s played hurt numerous times because the team was battling for a playoff spot. And ultimately, Wade has put this franchise on the map, as only four teams have more championships than the Heat despite this organization just being introduced in 1988.
Due to the constant sacrifices, Wade feels he deserves to be paid and wants job security. You can understand it. However, despite the crazy figures that are being tossed around on the Internet, I think both the Heat and Wade know he’s not a max player. Giving out the Kobe deal is foolish and sets a franchise back. (Hi, Lakers) Wade has played just 116 regular season games the last two years, is 33 years old and has been dealing with nagging knee injuries that aren’t going away. While I don’t know the exact figures, Wade won’t and shouldn’t be getting crazy money, but Pat Riley and company will take care of the guy who’s done so much for them over the years. Worst case, they’ll add another year to the contract to stretch things out.
Yes, for this news to break this early is somewhat concerning. It may be ugly to read and can make for a messy situation considering the Heat still have to lockup free agent Goran Dragic. However, a deal between the Heat and Wade will be reached at some point, and then everybody can laugh at the time people thought he would team back up with LeBron, only this time in Cleveland.
Riley always gets things done and isn’t foolish enough to let the face of Miami sports leave town. When Wade said he’s a “Heat Lifer,” he meant it.
Sorry, Chicago, New York, or fans of any other rumored destinations.
Wade isn’t leaving the Miami Heat.