Report: Dwyane Wade’s comfort with role on Heat ‘critical’ in decision
Dwyane Wade has yet to decide whether or not to return for a 16th NBA season. The 36-year-old superstar previously has indicated if he does, it will be with the Miami Heat. However, Wade reportedly will need to be assured of having an agreed-upon role with the team before deciding to play in 2018-19.
The Miami Herald’s Greg Cote reports “being comfortable with his role is critical” when it comes to Wade’s ultimate decision on his future.
“I have not been told Wade would demand to start,” Cote writes. “But does he see himself good for more than 25 minutes a game? He mentioned recently that he embraces a mentor’s role for the club’s many young guys still developing, ‘but you also want to play, he added. A significant addendum, I thought.”
Wade returned to the Heat at the trade deadline last season after spending the initial part of the 2017-18 campaign alongside pal LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 21 games in his return South Beach, Wade played a reserve role, contributing 12.0 points 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists while averaging 22.2 minutes per game. Wade served in the same capacity in the Heat’s five games in the postseason.
As Cote notes in his report, though, returning to that role is by no means a dealbreaker. Although Wade not surprisingly still wants to play meaningful minutes, regardless of nature.
The Heat currently have a roster spot reserved for Wade should he decide to return on a one-year, $5.3 million deal, the team’s luxury-tax exception. It seems that if the Heat and Wade can come to terms on a mutually acceptable, predetermined role, the franchise icon will be suiting up for the team next season.