It seems there is no true way to turn back time or slow down age. After dismally bowing out in the NBA Finals, it appears there are no “maintenance plans” or shock treatments in the world that can return Dwyane Wade back into the electrifying player once known as “Flash.” Of course, there is no bad blood between Wade and the Miami Heat franchise that he has spent his entire 11-season career with. After all, he did put a 350-pound Shaquille O’Neal on his back and carried the Heat to its first title in the history of the team in 2006. So, no matter what happens, Wade will always have a special place in the hearts of true Miami fans.
Now it’s back to business and Wade is expected to opt out of his contract along with Chris Bosh. LeBron James already had his agent notify the team that he will opt out and become a free agent. The belief is that all three will sign new contracts in South Beach for less money, possibly opening the option for Pat Riley to sign Carmelo Anthony and create a “Big 4.”
Forget the logistics right now and let’s focus on Wade. He has already expressed his desire to remain in a Heat uniform and retire with the team. If that hearsay is to become reality, then the shooting guard needs to take a major pay cut. He did miss a grand total of 28 games this past season as part of a “maintenance program” that did jack-squat for them against the San Antonio Spurs.
I expect Wade to opt out and happily accept this money, as long as that comes with great odds of putting more rings on his fingers. I would expect the Heat to offer Wade a contract somewhere around 3-4 years in length at a rate between $5-8 million a year. They should not give him any more than that if he is prone to missing a third of the season.
Just remember, Wade will be willing to take this money if the chances of winning titles are higher. It really all comes down to the mastermind, the “God Father,” as ESPN put it, Riley, and what he can do. He shocked the league when he completed the “Big 3” deal and he has another chance to send another rumble throughout the Association.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.