Dwyane Wade’s last dance with all the Heat will not help them escape the NBA’s midsection. Neither will the season of this post-Wade era.
Miami has been hungry for star power in recent decades, sending only two representatives to the All-Star Game over the past 3 seasons–one as an injury replacement (Goran Dragic), the other on a special invitation in the commissioner (Wade). Even though Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo have taken steps forward this year, none has consistently displayed elite possible.
This group has too much ability to bottom out, and that kind of rebuild does not appeal president Pat Riley anyway. The Heat are loose with their draft selections during his tenure, thus the reason they are outside a future first and four of the next five second-rounders.
But if the draft doesn’t deliver a star, it is hard to tell which route this franchise can take. There’s no real spending cash until 2020, and trade chips come few and far between, provided how many bloated contracts are on the books.
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