Dwyane Wade dance with all the Heat won’t help them escape the waist of the NBA. Judging by what’s coming back to the roll up, neither will the season of the post-Wade era.
Miami has been starving for star power in the last couple of decades, sending only two agents to the All-Star Game over 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 ahead this season, none has consistently displayed elite possible.
This group has too much ability to base out, and that type of rebuild doesn’t interest team president Pat Riley anyway. The Heat are loose with their draft selections during his tenure, hence the reason they’re out a future first and four of the next five second-rounders.
But when the draft does not deliver a star, it’s difficult to tell which path this franchise can take. There is no true spending cash until 2020, and commerce chips come few and far between, given how many bloated contracts are on the books.
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