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Dwyane Wade also gets no-trade clause

Jul 16, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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The last time LeBron James left a team, it won 42 fewer games the following season.

I think the Heat will do better than 12-70, but they’re facing a new reality. Even with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh softening the blow, losing LeBron will hurt. Badly.

Just how much it stings will determine whether Pat Riley continues with this path or shakes things up in Miami.

Wade – who calls himself a “#HeatLifer” – is protected against getting shook in such a shakeup.

In addition to Carmelo Anthony, Wade joins Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki with no-trade clauses.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Miami’s Dwyane Wade and New York’s Carmelo Anthony are the latest stars to secure a no-trade clause rarely seen in the NBA, according to sources familiar with their new contracts.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

By rule, Wade has the ability to approve any trade next season, because he’s on a one-year contract (the player option season doesn’t count until exercised), he’d have full Bird rights after the season and would lose them as a result of the trade. If he approves a trade, he’d have non-Bird rights, and his new team could exceed the cap to re-sign him up to $18 million and could provide just 4.5 raises (as opposed to the maximum salary and 7.5 raises via full Bird rights if he remains with the Heat).

Wade’s no-trade clause becomes particularly useful if he opts in, because he signed just a two-year contract. If he’s traded, he’d have early Bird rights with his new team as opposed to full Bird rights with the Heat. Unless the 2016-17 cap skyrockets north of $86 million – an extreme projection for even those most optimistic about the effect of a new TV deal – having early Bird as opposed to full Bird rights won’t affect Wade’s starting salary that season, but it would prevent him from getting more than 4.5 percent raises.

I don’t think Riley will trade Wade, who’s been the face of the Heat – with couple-season break when he ceded the crown to LeBron – since people realized the shooting guard was carrying Shaquille O’Neal and not the other way around.

But, just in case, Wade has a little security – both financial and his in his ability to remain comfortable in Miami.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Just a formality.

  2. antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Like. A. Boss.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Was it boss when Kobe did it

      • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        No, because Kobe got his in his prime when he should’ve felt secure enough in his game to not even want it.

        But people thought Wade was old, broken down and done. People were saying Miami should trade him, but he now has a no-trade clause. Boss factor = Ornstein and Smough level.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        The hypocrisy is strong with this one.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        ehh…dont get that logic, anti. getting a no-trade clause in your prime is what you want when your value is highest. The Heat giving Wade one was just a sign of franchise loyalty…and respect to all the true loyal Heat fans wishing the best for their guy who stuck with them…but we all know you implore a different philosphy (rooting for a player versus a team).

  3. balsagna - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Still trying to figure out why he opted out in the first place.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      So he could cut his salary.

      • chiadam - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM



      • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        Reduce his salary. You know, make less money. Take a pay cut.

      • chiadam - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        I see.

        And he wanted to do that….why?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        So Miami had more money to spend… duh.

      • chiadam - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:21 PM


        On LeBron. Oops.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        Wade had no idea what James was going to do. Wade was probably going to opt out regardless just to give the Heat, and himself, more flexibility. I think it paid off because he has more security now.

      • chiadam - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        He has less stability. He opted out of two years $42 million for two years and less money. Where is the “more stability” part?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        Wade has a lot more control over his own future now.

      • muhangis - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Dwyane Wade lost himself $10.5 M in salary (still playing with the same team – Heat) so he could simply “control more his own future” ….. riiiiiight?

        Do you actually expect us to believe that???

        With every comment I read of yours, I realize that you are the biggest FOOL on the freaking planet!

        GUARANTEED FACT: If Wade could turn back the clock (with LBJ’s decision in hindsight), he would have never opted-out of his contract!

        “control his future”, “security”.. my a$s

      • antistratfordian - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        Why is that so hard to believe? Didn’t Duncan cut his salary from 20 mil a year to 10 mil a year to help his team? Why can’t Wade do the same thing? Is it because he’s not an Uncle Tom so therefore he’s selfish and would never sacrifice salary unless forced to by LeBron?

      • muhangis - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        Lost $10.5 M over next 2 years

  4. chiadam - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    His age and knees are no-trade clauses. His contract doesn’t need one.

  5. csbanter - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Wade would most likely play the same amount of games minus 3 or 4 if his knees weren’t an issue. When teams clinch they normally rest their starters. So Wade should be ok then. The only problem for Wade will be back to back games, but lets say the Heat play Brooklyn and then Philly, chances are Wade, Bosh, Deng won’t play as many minutes because they believe the second unit can win a game aganist lesser competition.

    • mogogo1 - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Their second unit doesn’t scare anybody and now their first unit is without LeBron. If you think any of their key players are going to enjoy lots of rest as they cruise to easy victories you’re kidding yourself. They’ll win their share of games because they still have talent and they play in the East, but it’s going to be a challenge just like it is for most teams.

  6. ufools - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    No trade clause on this bum?? BWAHAHA!!!!

  7. DonRSD - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM


  8. huskersrock1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    He lost his a$$, he shouldn’t have opted out of his last contract that paid him over 40 million for 2 years.

  9. charlescub80 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Did someone just compare Dwayne Wade to Tim Duncan? Someone likes his fruit loops!

  10. marcusfitzhugh - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Let’s face it, Wade has the monetary savvy of a 5 year old. When he opted out, did he think he’d get more money? No, he thought he was doing “his friends” a favor. I don’t have any friends in the $10M category. If somebody comes to me and says, “I need a half mil by tomorrow or I’m dead. ” I’m telling him – you’d better enjoy today then.

    • doc305 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Right, so when he signed with a shoe company and took on a small ownership of the brand with him, he was being a five year old? created his own successful sock brand….like a five year old? has signed an agreement with a major tv network to do a sitcom based on his life, like a five year. Wrote a book, like a five year old? ….. That’s an impressive five year old.
      Wade has been able to parlay his success on the court into several business ventures that will guarantee financial security for himself and his family for the foreseeable future and because he opted out of a contract to help HIS team bring in or retain talent, he’s not smart? I think the only person that remotely resembles a five year old is the guy throwing insults at a man that has accomplished what most could only dream of.

    • mogogo1 - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      He’s not stupid. He was just convinced LeBron was going to stay. But he lost that bet and cost himself a lot of money. At least with this no-trade he keeps himself from becoming a salary dump in some trade to a horrible team. Because if the Heat struggle or Wade loses another step you know that’s what was going to happen.

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