Miami Heat superstar shooting guard Dwyane Wade is in the twilight of his career. After eleven years in the NBA Wade looks beat up. The Miami Heat are at a crossroads this offseason. If the Heat’s superstar trio does not opt out of their contracts the team will have very limited cap room to fill a team around them.
Dwyane has the most to lose by opting out of his contract. Both Chris Bosh and Lebron James could sign a max contract (about $22 million a year), but Dwyane should not expect any more than $10 million a year.
Wade’s current contract has him scheduled to be paid $20.1 million next season and $21.6 million the following season. The next two years are likely going to be Wade’s last big paydays.
If Wade does not opt out the Heat are going to be forced to trade the franchise superstar. The Chicago Bulls have told the media they are actively shopping their two, first round NBA draft picks for a veteran scorer.
Miami will not be interested in Chicago’s draft picks, but may be able to finagle a three team trade with a rebuilding team.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look poised to lose their best player Kevin Love to free agency in 2015. If Minnesota cannot convince Love to stay their starting point guard Ricky Rubio will also leave. Both players Miami could utilize.
If Minnesota sees what the rest of the NBA sees, Kevin Love wants out, then they may be interested in a trade which sends either Love or Rubio to another team for draft picks, especially this year’s draft which is considered to be the strongest in a decade.
If Kevin Love is within reach, the Miami Heat would trade Dwyane Wade to Chicago, Chicago would trade their two first round picks to Minnesota and Miami would exchange its first round pick with Minnesota for Kevin Love, netting Minnesota three first round picks. Miami would gain Kevin Love and Chicago gains Dwyane Wade.
If three first round picks aren’t enough for Love then Chicago would have to sweeten the deal. Miami would trade Dwyane Wade to Chicago, Chicago would trade number 16 overall to Minnesota and shooting guard Jimmy Butler to Miami, while Minnesota would send Rubio to Miami. Netting Minnesota the 16th overall draft pick. Chicago would gain Dwyane Wade and Miami would gain Jimmy Butler and Ricky Rubio.
For Heat faithful this must sound blasphemous, but the time has come for tough decisions. Either by Dwyane to take a lot less money than he already has on the table or by the franchise to move its most loyal star.
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