The relationship between Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat ultimately started to unravel because of the recruitment of Kevin Durant.
“There was an exact breaking point on this relationship with Wade and Riley,” Dan Le Batard said during the local hour of his radio show on Friday. “There were some issues about is Dwyane being a diva for a couple of years but the breaking point — and obviously if they thought it’d be that bad they wouldn’t have offered him two years $40 million and risked him accepting it even though it was in some part a public relations move to allow them to look they were trying their hardest — this whole thing broke apart on Kevin Durant. The whole thing. Wade was firm in ‘nope not helping ya, dont want him here and you’re not gonna have me making the sacrifices so you guys can prioritize someone else.’
“I’m done taking less and trusting so that you guys can take Kevin Durant because I’m not positive my trust is going to be rewarded like Dallas rewarded Dirk Nowitzki’s trust… Now I don’t agree with him on that. Pat Riley was telling everybody I’m going to give him his money at the end, we’re going to give him the Dirk Nowitzki golden parachute… clearly Dwyane did not trust that to be so.”
Le Batard went on to say the plan was to offer a one-year baloon payment in the vicinity of “like $37 million” but he didnt’t trust it.
This is fascinating and it makes sense from both sides.
While I agree Wade should’ve trusted Riley to pay him at the end it’s understandable where Wade was coming from with Durant because of ego and money.
However, it’s best they parted ways because Wade, while still a solid player who can help you, would not have been enough to vault the Heat into contender status.