NBA Analyst: Heat Need Wade, Wade Needs Heat

At this point, Dwyane Wade’s future remains uncertain, but the safe money is on him taking his talents back to South Beach for a 14th season in the sun.

“It’s so hard for me to say he’s not going to stay in Miami,” hoopscritic.com founder, NBA Radio host and NBA TV contributor Brian Geltzeiler said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Listen, if I’m the Nuggets right now, I don’t mess around. I offer him a third year guaranteed if I really want him, and I think in the end, the Heat may end up offering a player option for a third year.”

That’s the least Miami could do, especially after signing Hassan Whiteside to a four-year, $98 million contract.

“This Whiteside thing was an awful insult to Dwyane Wade,” Geltzeiler said. “Whiteside, he had (to be at) different team events, whether it was games, practices, training sessions. He was late 41 times last year. In a program like the Miami Heat where guys are asked to take less so they can invest back in the program because the whole is larger the any of the individual parts, Hassan Whiteside (got) every dime he could get under the CBA. Dwayne Wade is a guy who’s taken less year after year after year. That was very insulting to Dwyane Wade, and I don’t blame Dwyane Wade one bit.

“In the end, the Heat need Dwyane Wade, and I think Dwyane Wade needs the Heat,” Geltzeiler continued. “So I do think they end up coming to some kind of agreement. What would have been interesting here is that if the Knicks had held out some cap space. I actually think that would have been a viable place for him to go with Rose and Anthony, and there would have been no better way to stick it to Pat Riley than to leave Miami and go play for Phil Jackson in New York.”

Wade averaged 19.0 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game last season, but he turns 35 in January. That said, the Heat owe him – in every sense of the word.

“If Wade doesn’t (get a big contract) now off of what was an excellent year, he’s probably not going to recoup any of that money that he gave up,” Geltzeiler said. “I think if you’re the Heat, you got to understand that even if your title window is closing, what’s right is right here. Look at what Dallas is doing with Dirk Nowitzki. They are doing everything they can to put as good of a team around him, even though they know in their heart of hearts it’s not a title contender. But he can finish his career the way he wants to finish his career. I’d like to see Pat Riley reward Dwyane Wade and do the same thing, even if it means Riley’s legacy doesn’t get that one last title on it. Some things are bigger than the individual accomplishments that guys want to go for.”

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