Heat could be in jeopardy of losing Dwyane Wade this summer

Updated: May 28, 2015
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Last summer, the Miami Heat lost out on LeBron James — who decided to leave after four seasons, head home and sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This summer, they have to do everything they can to keep star shooting guard Dwyane Wade, who’s spent his entire 12-year career playing for the franchise.

Wade opted out of the final two years of his contract last offseason to take a $10.6-million pay cut, as he signed a new two-year deal with a player option for the 2015-16 season.

He did that so the Heat could have room to possibly pay James the money he desired, and add a few pieces to their roster. However, as we know, James chucked the deuces and went to play alongside rising superstar Kyrie Irving and company.

The Heat then agreed to pay Chris Bosh $118 million over five seasons, making him one of the highest paid players in the NBA.

Wade could possibly opt out of his contract once again and consider other teams if the Heat aren’t willing to raise their offer, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote.

“The Heat and Dwyane Wade have been discussing potential resolutions of his contract situation and there’s a significant difference in what both parties believe he should be paid for the next three seasons, according to multiple sources.

“Though Wade prefers to stay with the Heat, where he has spent his entire 12-year career, he is now open to considering other teams this summer if the Heat does not raise its offer, according to three sources with direct knowledge.

“Wade must decide by late June whether to opt out of a contract that would pay him $16.1 million next season.”

While he’s still a top-notch player when healthy, Wade has struggled to stay on the court in recent years. He hasn’t appeared in 70 or more games during a season since 2010-11, where he played in 76. The past two seasons he has missed a total of 48 regular-season games.

The Heat will also have their hands full in trying to re-sign Goran Dragic, who they acquired during the NBA trade deadline, and they’ll eventually have to pay Hassan Whiteside significantly more money next summer, as he emerged as a very formidable center this past season.

When you think of the Heat, you think of Wade. It would be different, to say the least, to witness Wade playing for another team. He’s won three championships while in Miami, and appeared in five NBA Finals. He’s also an 11-time All-Star. But he’s 33 years old, and starting to approach the backside of his illustrious career.

I don’t think either side would like to part ways with one another, but Wade can’t expect to get max-type money at this stage of his career. But, I’m sure he’s also well aware of that.

Josiah Turner

Josiah is the founder and editor-in-chief at Sideline Sports Report. He has written for ESPN.com and is currently a digital editor at the SEC Network. He has covered the Washington Redskins for FanSided, and he has also covered high school basketball for Rivals.com and the Mechanicsville Local newspaper. Josiah is from Chesapeake, Va., and a college graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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