Miami Heat News: Dwyane Wade To Opt In For Next Season

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It looks like Dwyane Wade will be back for a 13th consecutive season in a Miami Heat uniform.

Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel confirmed on Friday morning that Wade will opt in for the 2015-16 NBA season. The veteran shooting guard held a player option for 2015-16 worth $16.125 million.

No one really expected Wade to depart for free agency, but it’s nice to see that it’s set in stone. The former Finals MVP had a resurgent season in 2014-15, ranking 11th in scoring with 21.5 points per game. Wade carried an offensive load that was clearly lacking in scoring (94.7 PPG, 27th in league).

It was the first time in five years that Wade’s scoring average did not decline—a good sign for a player who is 33 years of age.

While the Heat will be glad to have their franchise player back for next season, the focus now turns to the salary cap. The franchise has $59 million in commitments against a projected $67.4 million salary cap.

Miami still intends to re-sign point guard Goran Dragic, who recently announced that he will opt out and enter free agency.

Now that it is clear Wade will be back with the Heat for another go-around, Pat Riley and company will have to make some moves in order to clear up some cap space this offseason.
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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.