By Moses Kamuiru
Miami Sports Legend
I can bet that from the way Miami Heat fans feel about Dwyane Wade, the appreciation and the love is bulletproof. His legacy as a Miami Sports Legend is cast in bronze and safe no matter what. However, for some, equivocation creeps in, and questions have been thrown into the debate unexpectedly in recent times. Dwyane has spent thirteen seasons in the Miami Heat and has been a driving force in parading three championships. This makes the Heat ‘Wade County.’ Wade has consistently been a steady and beloved presence and the face of the franchise despite him not being Heat’s highest paid player and some years having not been its best. Among pro athletes who have meant the most to South Florida, it’s only Dan Marino who merits the company of Dwyane Wade.
Leaving Miami Heat
Even as we hope that Wade still ends up re-signing with Miami Heat as always, he seems closer to leaving and signing elsewhere than at any time since he arrived as a rookie in 2003 out of Marquette. Worse, the parting would not be on good terms. The long, healthy marriage would end badly, with Wade feeling neglected and angry, and with Heat fans cast as the children stuck in the middle, the victims of love lost. Dwyane Wade who’s now 34 years old was meeting in New York on Wednesday with the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets, and the Chicago Bulls were a third team bidding to steal him from Miami by beating the Heat’s two-year, $40 million offer.
No formal meeting with Miami was announced, a further indication of the acrimony that festers in the longtime partnership. However, Heat owner Micky Arison did swoop in to make a slow pitch. The controversy was said to be headed to a decision on Wednesday night, although it could have been a live on-air announcement as Wade scheduled to be a guest host on the Live with Kelly morning show Thursday in New York. There is also some logical speculation that Wade also might have ended up in Cleveland, reunited with LeBron James. Turns out the idea that LeBron James might take a severe pay cut so the Cavs could afford Wade was pushing the friends-for-life narrative a bit too far.
The possibility of King James having a pay cut so the Cavs’ could afford Wade seemed to be the place where Miami Heat fans drew a line. The one scenario where Wade would be booed by his longtime fans is returning to Miami in a Cavaliers jersey. Miami’s offer to Wade is reasonable and fair if not extravagant. Denver reportedly is offering more: $50 million over two years. Chicago would provide the emotional pull of being Wade’s hometown.
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