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Will The Heat Really Let Dwyane Wade Leave The Team Over A Contract Dispute?

Submitted by on May 29, 2015 – 12:08 pmNo Comment

Even though he’s nearing the end of his NBA career, Dwyane Wade still thinks he has what it takes to lead the Miami Heat for a few more seasons. He’s struggled with a slew of injuries over the last couple years—and he’s not the player he once was. But the Heat have turned into his team over the last decade. So he wants to continue to lead them into battle and, eventually, he wants to retire with Miami. But do they want him? Or better yet, do they want to pay him to continue to play for them?

That’s a topic of hot debate down in Miami right now. Wade has the option to opt out of his current contract, which still has one year and $16.1 million on it, at the end of June if he wants to. But he’s currently trying to negotiate a new deal that would see him opt out and then sign a new three-year deal with the team. However, there is reportedly a “significant difference” between what Wade wants to be paid by the Heat and what the Heat want to pay him. So according to reports, he’s thinking about opting out and leaving the Heat or playing one more season in Miami before moving on. It seems crazy to think that it could actually happen. But there’s a chance that Wade won’t play his final years in Miami.

There’s also a chance that this is just another example of a pro athlete negotiating through the media by threatening to leave a team even if he doesn’t want to. There are, no doubt, a handful of other teams out there that would like Wade to join their roster. But all indications are that Wade wants to be a part of the Heat for his final seasons in the league. So don’t be surprised if Wade and the Heat are able to reach an agreement this summer. Because while he could up and leave the team this offseason, we wouldn’t actually count on him doing it. His role with the franchise has been too significant for it to end on a sour note.

Do you think D-Wade will leave the Heat this summer? Or is he going to end up signing a new deal with the team in the offseason?

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