Dwyane Wade dance with all the Heat will not help them escape the NBA’s waist. Neither will the initial season of the post-Wade era.
Miami has been starving for celebrity power in recent years, sending just two representatives to the All-Star Game over the previous 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 forward this year, none has consistently displayed elite potential.
This class has too much talent to base out, and that kind of rebuild does not interest team 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 when the draft doesn’t deliver a star, it is difficult to tell which route this franchise may take. There’s no real spending cash until 2020, and commerce processors come few and far between, given how many bloated contracts are on the books.
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