Dwyane Wade dance with the Heat will not help them escape the NBA’s midsection. Judging by what is coming back to the roster, neither will the season of this post-Wade era.
Miami has been starving for celebrity power in the last couple of decades, sending just two representatives to the All-Star Game within the previous three seasons–just as an injury replacement (Goran Dragic), another on a special invitation in the commissioner (Wade). While Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo have all taken steps forward this season, none has consistently displayed elite possible.
This group has too much ability to bottom out, which type of rebuild does not interest team president Pat Riley anyway. The Heat are loose with their draft selections during his tenure, thus the reason they’re outside a future and four of the next five second-rounders.
But if the draft doesn’t deliver a star, it’s hard to tell which path this franchise can take. There’s no real spending cash until 2020, and trade processors come few and far between, given how many bloated contracts are on the books.
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