Sunday , Jul , 12 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat, and The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010

In one high-profile situation, the team and player both did the expected.
Not surprisingly, Heat executive Pat Riley reached out to Dwyane Wade about staying in Miami long-term via text message. And not surprisingly, the 2006 Finals MVP wasn’t making any decision after getting hit up on the T-Mobile (no word on whether Riles was in his Fave-Five) …


Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat, and The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010


Breaking NBA news mixed with analysis …

 Their News: "Wade said Heat president Pat Riley texted those sentiments very early Sunday, in what amounts to a largely ceremonial move. The Heat had to wait until 12:01 a.m. on July 12 before they could formally offer an extension to the reigning NBA scoring champion, and Wade said Riley didn’t wait too long before pressing the send button." Associated Press via ESPN.com

Our Very Quick Take: Last night was the first chance franchises had to offer player heading into the final year of their contracts an extension.

In one high-profile situation, both the team and player did the expected.

Not surprisingly, Heat executive Pat Riley reached out to Dwyane Wade about staying in Miami long-term via text message. And not surprisingly, the 2006 Finals MVP wasn’t making any decision after getting hit up on the T-Mobile (no word on whether Riles was in his Fave-Five).

(Yes, Chuck, the eighties were the good old days.)

Still, a few points are worth noting when considering ‘Wade and ‘The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010’:

First, the salary cap will decline by several million dollars for the 2010 season. There is no chance Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Wade join forces in New York. None. With a declining cap, this proposition is too expensive-even for the big market Knicks.

Second, Bosh and Wade could easily become teammates. The two have the same agent in Henry Thomas, so it would be simple to market them as a package next summer. And with just $18 million on the books for 2010, Miami has the flexibility to tender two ‘maximum’ contracts.

Third, the Riley-Wade tiff over upgrading Flash’s supporting cast has been overblown. The oil-slick claims he won’t make changes before knowing Wade’s intentions post 2010, while the superstar will only make his intentions known after he sees management make changes. Both parties are playing their hand, trying for an edge.

Expect Riley and Wade to continue their poker game all year. Such is life when dealing with ‘The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010‘.

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