Dwyane Wade dance with the Heat will not help them escape the NBA’s midsection. Judging by what’s coming back to this roster, neither will the initial season of the post-Wade era.
Miami has been hungry for celebrity power in the last couple of decades, sending just two agents to the All-Star Game within the past 3 seasons–one as an injury replacement (Goran Dragic), the other on a special invitation in the commissioner (Wade). Even though Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo have taken steps forward this season, none has always displayed elite potential.
This class has too much ability to bottom out, which type of rebuild doesn’t interest team president Pat Riley anyway. The Heat have been loose with their draft selections during his tenure, hence the reason they are outside a future and four of their next five second-rounders.
But if the draft does not deliver a celebrity, it is difficult to tell which route this franchise may take. There’s no real spending money until 2020, and trade processors come few and far between, provided the number of bloated contracts are about the books.
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