Dwyane Wade’s final dance with the Heat won’t help them escape the NBA’s waist. Neither will the initial season of this post-Wade era.
Miami has been hungry for star power in the last couple of decades, sending only two agents to the All-Star Game within the past three seasons–one as an injury replacement (Goran Dragic), another on a special invitation in the commissioner (Wade). Even though Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo have all taken steps forward this year, none has consistently displayed elite possible.
This group has too much ability to bottom out, and that type of rebuild does not interest team president Pat Riley anyway. The Heat are loose with their draft picks during his tenure, thus the reason they are outside a future and four of the next five second-rounders.
But when the draft doesn’t deliver a celebrity, it’s hard to tell which route this franchise may take. There’s no real spending money until 2020, and commerce chips come few and far between, given how many bloated contracts are about the books.
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