Dan Le Batard at the Miami Herald has an off-season article up on the Miami Heat's plans for the summer and beyond with specific focus on Dwyane Wade and his player options.
The Heat seems to want Wade to opt into his contract for next season at $16 million, then become a free agent and leave their and his future blank-check open. This will give the Heat the flexibility it craves to make a run at a player like Kevin Durant.
Pipe dream? Maybe.
But that's what Wade himself once told the Heat about his great friend LeBron James being in Miami. Miami wants to have the flexibility that gets Riley in a room with Durant.
The Heat can have room for Wade, Bosh, Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Durant ... but only if Wade opts in for this year and gives them that flexibility by being a free agent in 2016. This requires Wade to have a lot of trust, obviously, and the leap of faith that the team will take care of him in 2016.
I'm not sure if that's the kind of package deal that will woo Kevin Durant away from OKC. Wade and Bosh are both on the wrong side of 30 and Hassan Whiteside still needs a lot of maturing.