Good news, Miami Heat fans, it appears that the first domino of the offseason in keeping LeBron James in a Heat uniform is going to fall your way.
According to a report from Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, Dwyane Wade is likely to opt out of his final two seasons of his contract, making way for him taking a much-needed pay cut. More importantly, freeing up a few more million dollars in cap space for Pat Riley to potentially surround LeBron James with a much better supporting cast than the Heat had this past season.
[via the New York Daily News]
Dwyane Wade is likely to opt out of his final two seasons, at $41.5 million, and probably accept a deal from the Heat worth $50 million-$55 million over four years to help the team open up cap space.
Assuming this report is true, or anywhere close to being true, this is exactly what Heat fans wanted to hear. When many believed that Wade would simply opt in to his $20-plus million dollar pay check next season, this move wouldn’t exactly come as a surprise.
Wade didn’t exactly finish this season on a high note. He played arguably his two worst games of the season in Games 4 and 5 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs — everyone was calling for his head. Even Pat Riley said that Wade needed to “reinvent” himself this offseason.
Perhaps the first part of reinventing himself is re-signing at a rate that he’s worth, not at a max level.
Wade averaged 19 points per game during the regular season (54 games) and 17.8 points per game in the playoffs (20 games).