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Dwyane Wade says he removed himself from Heat’s free-agent recruitment this offseason

Aug 25, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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After winning their second straight championship last season, the Miami Heat weren’t exactly in a position to go out and reload in free agency, and in fact, it was actually a case of the opposite.

Miami cut ties with Mike Miller using the amnesty provision built into the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, and by doing so saved itself $17 million.

With guaranteed contracts on the books totaling over $81 million for next season, the only players the Heat may have been interested in would have been those willing to play for a veteran’s minimum salary.

Often times, a team’s star players will be involved heavily in recruiting free agents to their team, especially those that are veterans of the game who may provide an immediate boost off the bench. But given Miami’s salary situation along with the lack of game-changing options out there, Dwyane Wade was able to remove himself from that process this summer.

From Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Among the rumors swirling during free-agency was a clandestine meeting involving Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley with Lamar Odom. Not only didn’t it happen, but Wade said he removed himself from the team’s free-agent recruitment this offseason.

“I left that all to them,” Wade said, aware of the luxury-tax limitations of the Heat’s efforts. “I got away, understanding that we have little that we can do. And Pat Riley is the best at what he does, so he’s fine. We all understand the nature of the beast, what we’re dealing with.”

What the Heat are dealing with, as Wade put it, is trying to win a third straight championship with a little less talent in place than was on the roster the past couple of seasons due to salary constraints.

A completely healthy version of Wade in the postseason would be a pretty substantial upgrade, however, and if Greg Oden can give them anything during a potential matchup against Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers, that might be enough of a combined boost to get the Heat back to the Finals — without any recruiting required.

  1. boltsup - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Wade enjoy your last 82+playoffs with Bron-Bron…. We are expecting him in Purp and Yellow around this time next year

    Sincerely,
    Los Angeles

    • soflasfinest - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Haha keep dreaming!

      • detectivejimmymcnulty - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        After Lebron stays in Miami these same people will claim they never wanted Lebron.

        I was getting worried there would not be a Heat story today. Thank God it’s here.

    • raidmagic - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Not a chance, he’ll be in NY first

  2. godfather8775 - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Don’t speak for all of LA buddy because I highly doubt that will happen. This coming from a realistic Laker fan.

    • shanydawg - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      wade and kobe play the same position – besides, the inmates are running that asylum over there.

    • totallyuselessme - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Mind, I’m not a Heat or a Lakers fan, but.. y’know, Jim Buss or Pat Riley. Seriously. Is there even an option here?

      If I was LeBron, I’d meet with the Lakers out of respect for the franchise’s legacy, but never give them a realistic shot at signing me.

  3. kbuckler2 - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Honestly I’m a lakers fan and I don’t want queen James to come there

  4. jzone954 - Aug 25, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    The whole “he’ll be in LA” is a case of monkey see monkey do with most of those who claim this. They really don’t believe it, but hope it, and run with it since the media just puts it out there.

  5. woodson312 - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    i would never want him on the lakers because there would be SO MANY fake fans. no thank you

    • spursareold - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      LOL. Like there aren’t now?

      • imakcds - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        Yeh, when you have unparalled success, as do the Lakers, those bandwagonners just keep appearing.
        If Lebron ever left Miami, (and why would he, except to feed his ego), I’d wonder how bad Heat attendance figures would drop, and wouldn’t be surprised to see them plummet.

  6. tannethrill - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Can’t wait until Kobe gets healthy and starts pushing for a trade. The thing is he’ll be pushing for a trade of himself out of town.

    It amazes me that media finds it more realistic to suggest Lebron, Melo or anyone of any star power would go there with their state of affairs in coaching and ownership. Mitch Kupchick is the only stable piece of the puzzle left and he seems to not have the juice he once did.

    It’s much more logical that the team will get off to a rocky start, Kobe will see the writing on the wall and will have a very big issue with the manner in which Buss is going to handle it.

    Good luck finding a team that Kobe wants to join that has the assets that Buss will want in return.

    It will get ugly in Lakerland before they are able to return to glory. I promise and only because it makes way too much sense. Kobe has already tried to push his way out before. The only thing different now is the place is a hot mess. At least last time they had the ability to bring in Gasol in his prime along with Jackson.

    No chance Kobe finishes next season with the Lakers. Funny thing is the Clippers make a hell of a lot of sense.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      The likelihood of Kobe forcing a trade out of LA is about the same as the likelihood of LeBron coming here.

      Don’t hold your breath for either to happen.

  7. midnite2020 - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Please stop drinking before you post things there is no way in heaven or hell bron is going to the Lakers its the heat or Cleveland and maybe chicago in a distant 3rd but no la or knicks or dallas so stop already

    • allthewaylive1 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      You can take Cleveland off that list too! Have you and everyone else who keeps suggesting that LeBron would go back to Cleveland forget why he left there to begin with, and how he was treated after he decided to leave? Cavs owner made it impossible for LeBron to go back. It’s not about money with Bron and besides the Heat IS Bron’s team; why would he leave there?

      • dareesecpa - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Not saying that he will come back. In fact, I don’t think he will, but he will seriously consider it.

        Unless Wade is completely healthy, the current Cavs roster with Lebron would probably beat the current Heat roster with Lebron. Then add all of the first round picks Cleveland will have over the next few years, and give LeBron the idea of coming back to Cleveland to fulfill his promise of winning a championship here, and there are plenty of reasons to leave Miami.

        And if you want to bring up the lack of a Florida income tax, Ohio is still his home, he still lives here in the off-season, and the cost of maintaining a home the size of his could easily make up for the income tax savings.

  8. miamatt - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    My biggest takeaway is the Heat dodging of the Lamar Odom bullet. He was a difference maker once (and even a member of an overachieving Heat squad Wade’s rookie year), but those days have long since past. I’d much rather take a chance on Oden than watch all those jelly worms get killed on the Miami bench.

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