Dwyane Wade’s last dance with all the Heat will not help them escape the waist of the NBA. Judging by what is coming back to the roll up, neither will the first season of this era.
Miami has been hungry for celebrity power in the last couple of decades, sending just two representatives to the All-Star Game within the past three seasons–one as an injury replacement (Goran Dragic), the other on a special invitation from the commissioner (Wade). While Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo have taken steps forward this season, none has consistently displayed elite potential.
This class has too much talent to base out, which kind of rebuild doesn’t appeal president Pat Riley anyway. The Heat have been loose with their draft selections during his tenure, hence the reason they are out a future first and four of their next five second-rounders.
But if the draft doesn’t deliver a celebrity, it’s hard to tell which path this franchise may take. There is no real spending cash until 2020, and trade processors come few and far between, given how many bloated contracts are on the books.
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