Top 10 Priorities for the Miami Heat This Offseason: Part 1

Top 10 Priorities for the Miami Heat This Offseason: Part 1

Kevin Durant and Hassan Whiteside

3. Re-Sign Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

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Dwyane Wade is everything to the Heat organization and Riley recognizes that:

“He had the best season he’s had since prior to the Big 3,” Riley said in a season-ending press conference. “Compensation to a player is not just a way to get paid and live your life. Compensation to a player is about recognition and respect and place. We know where he belongs. The day we give him his contract, then I’ll go to him to cash my check.”

Wade is coming off, not only one of his most successful seasons, but one of his healthiest, too. A guy like Wade has earned his weight in gold considering what he has done for, not just the Heat organization, but for the city of Miami as well. This past season, Wade earned $20 million as part of a one-year deal with the team. Entering the 2016-17 season, Wade will likely expect to be paid slightly less.

Though he has earned the right to top money, he has always been a player who is more about the team and has been known to make sacrifices in the past. If Miami hopes to sign both Durant and Whiteside, or even offer a max contract to either of them, Wade will undoubtedly consider taking less money. While “less” is a relative term, Riley and company will have to work long and hard to assure that Wade and the team end up in a position that is mutually beneficial.

Next: Establish an Identity

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