Miami Heat


Dwyane Wade’s final dance with all the Heat won’t help them escape the NBA’s midsection. Judging by what’s coming back to this roster, neither will the season of the post-Wade era.
Miami has been starving for celebrity power in the last couple of years, sending only two representatives to the All-Star Game within the past three seasons–one as an injury replacement (Goran Dragic), another on a special invitation in the commissioner (Wade). While Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo have all taken steps forward this year, none has consistently displayed elite possible.
This group has too much talent to bottom out, which kind of rebuild does not interest team president Pat Riley anyway. The Heat have been loose with their draft picks during his tenure, hence the reason they are outside a future and four of their next five second-rounders.
But when the draft does not deliver a star, it’s hard to tell which path this franchise may take. There is no real spending cash until 2020, and commerce processors come few and far between, given the number of bloated contracts are about the books.

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