I still think the Miami Heat will patch things up with Dwyane Wade and re-sign the most integral player in franchise history, but we’ve officially reached a point where it’d shock no one if he took his talents elsewhere.
Personally I thought even the two-year offer for $40 million with a player option was too steep — Pat Riley should call his bluff — but if the man wants to maximize his dollars elsewhere he has every right to do so (and struggle to post a winning record in Denver or Chicago).
If Wade leaves it’s safe to assume the Heat would not think twice about matching Tyler Johnson’s offer sheet of four years for $50 million. The backloaded deal hurts a bit in the last two years but he’s not only a rising, two-way player who can play both on and off the ball but the contract is tradable next summer if the Heat wants to create more financial flexibility.
There are also some more intriguing wing options out there to supplement bringing back Johnson:
He’s elite in two areas: shooting and partying. The latter creates an enormous issue considering the proximity to South Beach. It also creates the potential for a highly entertaining player-to-city relationship.
On the court, Smith has connected on 39 percent or more of his 3s in three of the last four seasons. Because of his dynamic ability to spread the floor, Goran Dragic’s fit with Smith would be cleaner than the one with Wade.
Would a one-year deal in the $12-15 million range get it done?
We need an Earl Joseph Smith III Does South Beach reality show in our lives.
A rotation player on the Warriors the last two seasons, Barbosa is an ideal backup combo guard who can hit the three (39% career), finish inside (62% career within three feet), and not burn you defensively.
After 13 NBA seasons he’s got a lot of mileage but the 33-year-old still has some juice left.
Galloway is young (24), gets after it defensively, and hit 48 percent of his 3s from the corner last season with the Knicks. Would $15-20 million over two years get it done?
A career 38-percent three-point shooter, Martin would provide the Heat with a solid veteran and some much-needed spacing.
He’s not currently a free agent but the Oklahoma City Thunder will be forced to trade him before next year’s deadline. Despite no guarantee he’ll stay after the season, Pat Riley has every incentive to swing hard here.
The deal: Westbrook for Dragic and Richardson.
They might need a pick to get it done but if OKC wants Justise Winslow, I’m hanging up the phone. He’s going to be a two-way impact wing and he’s on a valuable rookie deal.
You can’t unload that type of a talent unless you know for a fact Westbrook is signing long term.