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Will Dwyane Wade opt out of his contract after this season? Maybe.

Aug 20, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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The focus is on LeBron James. While he will spend the year dodging the question LeBron is fully expected to opt out of his Miami Heat deal to get a longer deal (most likely five years with the Heat, but other fan bases will continue to dream).

But he’s not the only one who can opt out. Chris Bosh can, but it will be interesting to see if he risks it — if he opts out the Heat may well let him go or force him to take a serious pay cut to stay.

Then there is Dwyane Wade.

He’s older (turns 32 this season) and his body is clearly showing some of that age (shock treatments to deal with knee tendonitis), but the “down” Wade still averaged 15.9 points a game in the NBA playoffs, and he’s still one of the faces of the Heat.

Is he going to opt out? He dodged the question speaking to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

“We’ll see,” Wade, 31, said Friday of the opt-out. “You have to figure out what’s best for yourself and what’s best for the team and then you come up with that answer.”

Wade is set to make $20.2 million next season the $21.7 million the season after. Would he be willing to trim several million off that per year (helping the team against the tax line) for the security of four years? That’s the question.

Miami has to look at their roster — and at the Bulls, Pacers and other teams in the East — and know they need to make some changes to compete for rings in a couple years. Which means freeing up some money to make moves. There are changes coming, the question is what kind.

  1. 00maltliquor - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    That would be funny af if all three opted out and all of them ended up on different teams. I would love to see this all-of-a-sudden large MIA fanbase on here still keep coming on here reppin’ as hard as they do.

    • dls612 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Sorry my friend there’s a genius in the front office by the name of Pat Riley! No matter what decisions are made Pat won’t go empty handed!

    • raidmagic - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      You would never see a Miami post again! hahaha

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    …or if all three opted out, in full confidence they will secure longer contracts and the Heat only bring back Mr. Instagram and sign 2 other younger studs! I would LOVE to see the whatTF face on D Wade! lol

    • Kevin S. - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      What two other younger studs are on the market? The best UFAs I can find are Melo, Deng and Granger. You could play one of those guys with LeBron, but that’s about it. Not sure any combination of FA makes the Heat better than just bringing back what they have.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

        You’re very right. I was just talking loose. I know it wouldn’t happen, but it would be funny to see Wade’s face if MIA just dumped him like that.

  3. skinsfanwill - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Please opt out Chris Bosh. He is a friggin bum. But this team needs D Wade.

    • bluflower010 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Agreed, don’t forget most of all this team needs their leader LeBron :)

  4. wadecounty13 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    When Wades jumper is going in he’s still a top 10 talent in this league. The social media generation tends to have short term memory an forget on the Heats way to winning 27 consecutive games he was flat out ballin, wasn’t untill the knee collision that was substained in the Okc game when his play an shooting percatnage started to tally off, if Dallas somehow lost the 2011 finals Wades the sure fire MVP in that series.

  5. legend30 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Wade already said everyone knows he wants to stay in Miami. Stop trying make this a huge story because it’s August and nothing else to talk about. If LeBron leaves, Wade is still staying. If LeBron stays, Wade is still staying. If Bosh and LeBron leaves, Wade is still staying. Bottom line – Wade is staying.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Wade would not outright say he will be in Miami. That would be idiotic on his part. Business is business.

      • jt1138 - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        Both Wade and Bosh have publicly stated they want to end their careers in Miami.

        And LeBron has continuously shown signs he is staying as well, though that doesn’t mean he’s staying.

  6. miamatt - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Wade, James, and Bosh will all opt-out and all re-sign with the Heat. They took less-than-max deals so they could play for something bigger than money, and so far that has come to pass. The reason Bosh makes the most of those three because they knew he would be making the biggest sacrifice in terms of numbers (which affects future earning potential), and in terms of public perception. That too, has come to pass.

    Miami is set-up perfectly to re-load the roster after this season. And no matter how many stories come out about Wade/James/Bosh leaving or staying, it’s all one big MAYBE until July 2014.

  7. felser - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    So he’s scheduled to make $42 million over the next two years and needs to consider if he’d rather have the “security” of a longer contract? “You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means”

    • doc305 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      It’s really not rocket science Felser, the security in a longer contract generally implies that there is slightly more money as well…. for example, Wade opts out of the remaining two years of his contract to sign a 4-5 year contract that will pay him probably anywhere between 12-15 mil a year… even if it’s the lower end, that’s 48 million…. it will probably be worth more like 60 million… That my friend is the “security” of a longer contract, more money with more years. Would you not take that deal, who’s to say that by the second year of Wade’s remaining contract that he doesn’t get injured ( he is injury prone) and now he will not be able to collect any additional money…. again.. that is the “security” of a longer contract.
      Welcome to professional sports Felser, glad to see a new fan..

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM


      • logicalcomment - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        but it all depends how he performs this season, right now for four years , i dont think he makes more than 10 mill.

        so it could be 40 mill for 2 years or 40 mill for 3 years(60 for 5)

        i beleive he should opt-in his contract. and to those saying he will never leave miami, in sports there is NO loyalty, it’s always about the money.

      • felser - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        I don’t like the hypocrisy of couching it in terms of “security for my family”. Call it what it is. It’s not rocket science, but it’s also not the moral high road he’s trying to spin it as. That’s my only point. Sorry that subtle irony is lost on you.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      I bet you still cant believe Igoudala opted out of his 16 mil a year option either.

      • spursareold - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Iggy is a bit younger and doesn’t have chronic knee problems. Not the same situation at all.

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:34 PM


      • felser - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        I don’t like the hypocrisy of couching it in terms of “security for my family”. Call it what it is.

  8. thetooloftools - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    All I know is LeBron James will never play for the Cavs again.
    Nobody messes with Danny Gilbert.

    • franbotel - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Gilbert can only dream to get a player of Lebron’s level. Even Gilbert himself said having lebron as a player helped him in his outside business. Having lebron back is an easy 150million on the cav’s value

  9. spursareold - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    With his knee, he’d be stupid to opt out and leave 2yrs/$42M on the table. I doubt anyone would give him 4 years at that pay rate.

  10. jzone954 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM


  11. senorpapino - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    The thing that will destroy Miami’s cap space going forward is when Bosh opts in. There is no way he leaves because he is the one who won’t come close to his current salary on the open market. If the Heat don’t win it all this year, LeBron will almost certainly leave because the team will be maxed in terms of what they can do.

  12. jzone954 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Sounds like people are salivating at the chops in hopes these guys leave the Miami Heat. Giggle…..😴

  13. shanydawg - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    This is a copy/paste of one of 75 a Yahoo Sports non-stories since the playoffs started.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM


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