Dwyane Wade Does Not Want to Test Free Agency Market in 2016

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Dwyane Wade does not want to even test the free agency market this summer, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.

According to Jackson, Wade has said that he wants to wrap up a new deal with the Miami Heat, rather than go through the drama of last offseason. For those that don’t recall last season’s rendezvous, Wade threatened to test the free agency market if he didn’t get a deal to his liking. Eventually, both sides agreed on a one-year, $20 million deal to keep the face of the franchise in Miami for another year.

Wade clarifies what his exact thought process is entering this offseason:

“The whole free agency thing, I didn’t want to be in it last summer; I don’t want to be in it this summer. I don’t want to be on the market at all….I’m not curious at all. I want to get to it [with the Heat]. I want to be able to sign my deal and move on and not have to deal with any rumors, any free agency, any this, any that. This is where I want to end my career. So we’ll figure it out.”

The salary cap will increase from $70 million to $89 million this season. Barring any moves at the trade deadline, the Heat will have about $37 million in cap space for free agency.

This bit of news is refreshing for the Heat organization, as there is no doubt they want Wade back. While he is 34 years old, the veteran is seventh among all shooting guards with 18.7 points per game.

Here’s to hoping both sides strike a deal quick this summer.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.