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2014 NBA Free Agency: New Two-Year $31.2 Million Deal for Dwyane Wade, Bad Move for Heat.

(June 14, 2014 - Source: Chris Covatta/Getty Images North America)
(June 14, 2014 – Source: Chris Covatta/Getty Images North America)

Thanks to signing Dwyane Wade a new two-year, $31.2 million deal to return to the Miami Heat, it’s a bad move for the defending Eastern conference champions.

In returning, Wade is getting paid to still have his No.3 Heat uniform remain unavailable for shooting guards who can actually shoot from beyond 20 feet. The aging star signed a deal that will pay him $15 million this coming season and $16.2 million the year after.

There will be a no-trade clause in this contract as well. I think everyone can agree that not one team in the league really ever wanted Wade or would trade for him. Not even his hometown Chicago Bulls, contrary to media reports.  Wade lost over $10 million by opting out of his last deal and gave the Heat more flexibility to bring in more talent—since a majority of it went back to Akron, Ohio last week.

Despite being a shell of his younger self, Wade still is the most dominant player in team history.

He has the most points, field goals made, free throws made, double-figure scoring games, assists, steals, starts, games played and minutes played. The Chicago native also ranks second in blocks and is fourth in double-doubles and rebounds.

His 696 career blocks are the sixth most by a guard in NBA history.

Too bad none of that mattered when he shot 7-of-25 in the last two games of the 2014 NBA Finals or missed 28 games this past season. Based off his career in Miami, Wade took a “hometown discount” but since no other organization offered him more than $10 million, is taking less? Wade is certainly not a max player anymore but did average 19 points per game and shot almost 55 percent from the field.

Is Wade back to his 2014 NBA Finals form or is he back to show that he really is 32 and not 38?

Since he shoots 29 percent from three-point range for his career, we will know by how many games Wade jerseys will be seen in the American Airline Arena stands and not on the court.

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Robert D. Cobb
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