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Dwyane Wade staying in Miami remains the smart bet

Apr 22, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for wade.jpgAfter the game two loss to the Celtics — you may remember that as the one-on-five game — Dwyane Wade was clearly frustrated. He wants some help. He wants to win and that is going to take more talent than currently sits on the Heat bench.

So if he’s frustrated, and he is a free agent at the end of the season….

Not so fast says our own Ira Winderman (writing at the day job for the Florida Sun Sentinel).

Q: Does the outcome of this series have any influence on Wade’s decision to stay or is it all about what Pat Riley does to improve this team that will determine his fate?  — Mickey.

A: Honestly, I think it’s already essentially decided that he’s staying. The new higher cap positions the Heat to give him just about everything he wants. And he likes living in South Florida, a lot. I do think, though, he might pressure management into a few decisions, including one about Michael Beasley’s future.

If Wade is all about another ring, that may happen faster in Miami than anywhere else. That is where there is cap space needed to draw another star player is, that is where the lure of warm weather and South Beach are, that is where they is no state income tax.

But while LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have been more willing to use their leverage to move the organization one way or another, Wade has not. But it sounds like that is about to change.

  1. Joe in NYC - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Wade should have demanded a mid-season trade to the Hawks straight up for Joe Johnson. They would have gone over the cap to re-sign him and he would have had a strong team to battle the Cavs and Magic for the next few years.

  2. rrhoe - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Wade’s waited this long,might as well see it through-plus Jermaine O’Neal comes off the books.

  3. Anonymous - Apr 22, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    I would like to see Wade finish his career in Miami. Pat Riley is no dummy and knows talent. Watch for Miami to improve the roster to make a consistent contender.

  4. jason - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    WE ALL WANT DWADE TO STAY IN MIAMI CAUSE HE NUMBER ONE AND PAT PLEASE DO A GOOD ROSTER FOR NEXT YEAR WE WANT TO BE CHAMPIONS

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