Dwyane Wade dance with the Heat won’t help them escape the NBA’s midsection. Judging by what is coming back to this roster, neither will the post-Wade era’s initial season.
Miami has been hungry for celebrity power in the last couple of decades, sending just two representatives to the All-Star Game over the past 3 seasons–one as an injury replacement (Goran Dragic), another on a special invitation from the commissioner (Wade). While Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo have taken steps ahead this year, none has always displayed elite potential.
This class has too much talent to base out, and that kind of rebuild doesn’t interest team president Pat Riley anyway. The Heat are loose with their draft selections during his tenure, thus the reason they are outside a future and four of the next five second-rounders.
But if the draft does not deliver a celebrity, it is hard to tell which route this franchise can take. There’s no true spending cash until 2020, and trade processors come few and far between, given the number of bloated contracts are about the books.
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