Jun 12, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade speaks to the media after game four of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Dwyane Wade rumors: Heat lining up to pay Wade $15 million per year

Now the LeBron James has decided to take his talents back to Northeast Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Miami Heat have turned their focus to building the best team they possibly can. They got off to a good start by re-signing Chris Bosh to a mega-deal worth $118 million just a few days ago, which means that now their attention must turn to the man that’s been there the longest, Dwyane Wade.

After Wade left, there were some teams, especially the Chicago Bulls, that reportedly looked into the possibility of also luring Wade away from the only NBA team that he has ever known in his career, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. He should be returning to the Heat next season, but the question now is for how much money.

Well according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the deal that Wade should soon be getting from Pat Riley and company could be in the are of $15 million per season.

Despite the criticisms of his play recently, it is essential to have Wade back on South Beach to bring a veteran presence to a team that, despite losing the best basketball player in the world, isn’t really out of playoff contention. Not to mention, this will more than likely be the last big contract that Wade ever gets in his career, so it’s more of a thank you than anything else.

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  • JohnCz

    Wouldn’t be surprised if its a three year contract with opt out option 1st year. The thought being if he has a great year they will be in a position (league cap bump) to offer him more to make that 3rd year more palatable. You have to give players the opportunity to see upside. Either way, that $42 million he left on the table will be made back. If not, he has Lebron to thank.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      With Miami trying to get all those 2 year contracts to be in position for a big move in 2016, I was expecting them to try to get as much of the $40M back to him as possible the next 2 years so you can work out a new contract without that money hanging over your head.

      Hopefully player option after the second year so he can choose to take a cut to get them back in contention if the right players are interested.

      • JohnCz

        The could always accelerate it and agree to a attractive $20+ mil 1 yr contract next year, no matter his season performance. They just can’t write that into the contract now because the added league cap space doesn’t kick in until next year.

      • mac

        Theres a cap increase in two years so maybe they are banking on that? Just a guess.

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          Mark Stein is reporting a two year deal. HUGE sacrifice by Wade.

  • aloishus27

    Spot on JohnCz. Dwyane needs to have his knees seriously looked at. If surgery is needed and he plans on staying in this league a few more years then I think he should do what it takes. Even if that means missing a part of a season.

    Also, to the writer, your copy editor needs to do a better job proofreading. This article is riddled with mistakes.