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Miami Heat: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook

Miami Heat 2016 NBA Season Preview

October 15, 2016

NBA Championship: 150/1 Over/under win total: 34.5 See the Latest Odds

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The new-look Miami Heat take to the floor for the 2016-17 season, which will be the first since 2002-03 where Dwyane Wade will not be taking the floor in a Heat uniform.

Here is your 2016 Miami Heat Preview.

Miami Heat: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook

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They offered him what?!: One of the more surprising headlines of the offseason was the back-and-forth negotiations between guard Tyler Johnson, the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn offered Johnson a 4-year, $50 million offer sheet, which Miami subsequently matched. Many Heat fans and NBA fans alike were left scratching their heads as to why Johnson was afforded such a payday, however that was the theme of the offseason with the salary cap going up, a lot of players were getting big contracts that kind of made you take a second look to make sure you read that right. Only time will tell if Miami made the right choice investing in Johnson.

Wade County is no more: The Aforementioned Dwyane Wade packed his bags and went home, signing a 2-year, $47.5 million deal to join the Chicago Bulls. Wade and Miami could just not find common ground during contract negotiations ending a 13-year era that Saw Wade bring the 305 a trio of championships while averaging 23.7 points, 5.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game in 855 career games including a scoring title in 2009 where D-Wade averaged 30.2 points per game.

Outlook: It’s hard to believe that not even 5 years ago, Miami played host to the big 3 in LeBron, D-Wade and Chris Bosh. One has gone home and won a title. One has gone home and is going to try to win a title, and one isn’t medically cleared to compete for a title in Miami, probably resulting in his departure from the 305 sooner rather than later. Now Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson are receiving big 3 type paychecks without any proven track record. The challenged lie ahead for the Heat and it doesn’t look good. For a long time.

Projected record: 27-55

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