Jun 12, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) reacts prior to game four of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Dwyane Wade Agrees To Stay With The Miami Heat

You can credit the Chicago Bulls for trying, but in the end everyone knew there was only one team Dwyane Wade was going to sign with as a free agent this summer: the Miami Heat.

Dwyane Wade took to Twitter to make the announcement that Flash would be sticking with the team that drafted him back in 2003, a team that he’s won three NBA championships with:

Originally reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Wade will sign a long-term contract with the Heat. It was expected to be in the range of four years, $60 million, but AP’s Tim Reynolds is reporting it will be a two-year deal with a second year option.

After opting out of the final two years of his contract and leaving $42 million on the table, Wade was hoping the move would convince LeBron James and Chris Bosh to do the same and take less money to stay together. Unfortunately for him and the Heat, LeBron chose to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers and if it hadn’t been for a five-year max offer from Pat Riley, Bosh would have bolted for the Houston Rockets.

The Heat have retooled about as well as one could expect by adding Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger while also re-signing Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers. Locking down Wade is a loyalty move that ensures the face of the franchise is rewarded for everything he’s given Miami in his 11 seasons.

Despite the emphasis on the downfall of Wade and his knees, Flash will still be an effective player next season. Though he spent a good portion of the season resting and only played 54 games in 2013-14, Wade still averaged 19 points, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting a career high 54.5 percent from the field. He also played a career low in minutes per game (32.9).

Wade fell apart during the 2014 NBA Finals, averaging 15.2 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting. In a pivotal Game 4 of the series, Wade finished with 10 points on an abysmal 3-of-13 shooting. In the closeout Game 5, Wade put up 11 points on 33 percent shooting.

However, the Miami Heat without Dwyane Wade would have been a weird and ugly finish to the Big Three era. Wade is, by all calculations, one of the greatest shooting guards of all time. By taking an $8 million pay cut, Wade helped free up money to give his buddy Bosh that max extension and keep Miami competitive in an Eastern Conference that is wide open. The deal also gives the team flexibility in 2016 because of its length and the second-year option.

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