Just two months ago it appeared certain that Dwyane Wade would be returning to the Miami Heat for the 2016/17 season, but things have drastically changed since then. The shooting guard, who has spent his whole NBA career in the Sunshine State, is a free agent this summer and it was widely accepted he was a lock to rejoin the organisation.
However, original talks between president Pat Riley and the 12-time All-Star failed to produce the productive outcome many had expected and it has now been reported that Wade is keeping his options open ahead of what will be his 14th season in the league.
This is not the first time talks between the two parties have gotten off to a rocky start; it happened in 2014. And it seems Wade's representatives are going about their plans in exactly the same way. Two years ago his camp contacted the L.A. Lakers, this time around they have sounded out the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks.
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ESPN's Tim MacMahon reports, citing sources, revealed the three-time champion was being shopped around by his representatives, however, like 2014, it could just be another case of Wade gaining leverage ahead of further negotiations.
It might actually be time for Mr. Miami to say goodbye, though, and talk about the Mavericks is even more intriguing given the history between the organisation and Wade. Mark Cuban, owner of Dallas, had previously claimed the guard had ignored him since the 2006 Finals when Wade and Shaquille O'Neal handed the Heat their first championship.
After an impressive season that saw the Heat crash out to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, the offseason hasn't started in the best of manners for the franchise. Not only have negotiations with Wade hit a rough patch, but Hassan Whiteside is also attracting a lot of attention.
The center played a huge part in the organisation's overachievement this year as he averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game, and is an unrestricted free agent and has insisted he wants his future sorted on July 1. But, worryingly for the organisation, he has insisted that loyalty is not a factor in his negotiations.
Uncertainty surrounding the futures of Wade and Whiteside, coupled with Chris Bosh's continued health issues, will not entice the biggest names in free agency - such as Kevin Durant, who Riley is meeting on Sunday - to the American Airlines Arena. While it is likely KD will stay with Oklahoma City, any chance Miami had of convincing him otherwise appears to be dwindling.
What was looking like an exciting summer for the Southeast Division team has the potential to fall apart; it's time for Riley to step up, once again.