Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat’s long time franchise player, could be on his way out this offseason, according to a source close to the 2006 Finals MVP.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Wade will field offers from other teams when free agency begins on Friday. “Sources told ESPN.com that Wade’s representatives have made it known to multiple teams over the last several days that he will be on the market. Some teams have been skeptical, wondering if Wade would seriously consider leaving the franchise where he has played 13 seasons and won three titles,” Windhorst reported on Tuesday.
There was a similar conflict last offseason before Wade and Heat agreed to a 1-year $20 million deal.
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“I hope that everything is quiet and works out the way I want it to. 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,” said Wade, reiterating his desire to stay in South Beach, where he has been since 2003.
Miami will have approximately $40 million in cap space this summer. Heat president Pat Riley intends to re-sign Hassan Whiteside and Wade, besides going after Kevin Durant. This isn’t mathematically possible unless Riley trades a few pieces around or convinces Wade or Durant to take a pay cut.
The Heat are one of six teams to have guaranteed themselves of a face-to-face meeting with Durant.
“In addition to gauging Durant’s interest, Miami has to manage the Chris Bosh situation as his status heading into next season is undetermined. Bosh’s season was cut short for the second year in a row because of health concerns stemming from a blood clot issue,” adds Windhorst in his report.
The NBA’s free agency window opens at exactly 12:01 AM ET on July 1. Dwayne Wade is expected to return to Miami but could be swayed away from a maximum contract offered by another team.