The Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade have been associated since the team picked Wade number 5 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. Wade has taken less over the years to help the Heat contend for titles, but according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, Dwyane Wade could split it a new contract isn’t reached.
I have learned there's a significant gap in contract negotiations between Wade and Heat & Wade now open to leaving: http://t.co/YYyTfDlbsy
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) May 28, 2015
Wade’s agent Henry Thomas commented on Wade and the Heat being far apart in contract discussions. While he didn’t provide detail about the gap between the two sides, he stated nothing is official yet.
“With the amount of time he has spent with the organization, every effort will be made to try to work something out,” Thomas said. “The five times he played for a championship, resulting in three championships, is a significant accomplishment for any professional. We are continuing to talk about a resolution that would be satisfactory to both sides.”
“I am going to continue to have conversations with the Heat and try to make this work,” Thomas also said.
Wade has a player option in his contract that he can opt-out of this Summer, as he will have till late June to decide to opt-in or not. If Wade opts-in, which seems unlikely at this point, he will make 16.1 million in 2015-2016. If Wade opts-out, he is expected to seek a three-year deal.
Wade has came out and said that he feels as though he has a few good years left. Wade would however need to be flexible with his contract in order to afford the contracts of Goran Dragic, Chris Bosh, and Hassan Whiteside. Bosh is on a max contract which is supposed to reach over 23.6 million per year and Dragic is also expected to get the max. Whiteside may only command less, but these are still burning questions for the Heat.
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