The Miami Heat have an incredibly tense and nervous free agency period ahead of them in the coming weeks.
The Heat will want to be improving on their poor performances in the 2014-15 season where they finished out of the playoffs for the first time since the 2007/08 season after they ended up as the 10th best seed in the Eastern Conference with a 37-45 record.
However, they very well may have to do it without star man Dwyane Wade.
According to a report from Ramona Shelburne, a senior NBA writer for ESPN, Wade has decided to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat and will talk to other NBA teams.
"Wade, who was scheduled to make $16.1 million next season, announced his decision through a representative," Shelburne wrote. "He will automatically become a free agent Wednesday."
Wade is a legend with the Heat, their greatest ever player. The two-guard has spent his entire 12-year career in Miami, winning three NBA titles, making eight All-NBA teams and earning 11 All-Star nods since the Heat selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft.
He ranks first in Heat franchise history in games, minutes, points, assists and steals.
Wade is believed to be seeking a deal that would average at least $16 million over the next three seasons. He has left about $27 million on the table during his career and wants those sacrifices rewarded in his next contract.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been rumored to be interested in the guard and the 33-year old will likely be courted by a whole host of teams.
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