Dwyane Wade dance with all the Heat won’t help them escape the NBA’s midsection. Judging by what is coming back to the roll up, neither will the season of this post-Wade era.
Miami has been starving for celebrity power in recent years, sending only two agents to the All-Star Game over the past three seasons–one as an injury replacement (Goran Dragic), the other on a special invitation from the commissioner (Wade). While Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo have all taken steps forward this year, none has always displayed elite potential.
This group has too much ability to base out, which kind of rebuild doesn’t appeal president Pat Riley anyway. The Heat are loose with their draft selections during his tenure, thus the reason they are outside a future first and four of the next five second-rounders.
But when the draft doesn’t deliver a star, it is difficult to tell which route this franchise may take. There is no true spending cash until 2020, and commerce chips come few and far between, given how many bloated contracts are about the books.
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