Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade has revealed that he won’t opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat this summer and so will spend at least another year with the team.
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The Heat missed out on the playoffs for just the second time in Wade’s 12 years with the franchise this season, after narrowly being pushed out by the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference.
Despite the loss of LeBron James last summer, Miami continued to compete at a high level and were able to acquire Goran Dragic ahead of the trade deadline to give them a timely boost.
However, it wasn’t enough as Chris Bosh was sidelined after the All-Star break after blood clots were discovered in his lung, and the Heat struggled down the stretch to get enough wins to make the post-season.
While that could have spelt trouble in terms of keeping the current roster together, it doesn’t appear that Wade has any plans to go elsewhere or re-consider his future and current contract.
According to reporters as his exit interview, the 30-year-old confirmed that he would be returning next year and wouldn’t be exercising his option to become an unrestricted free agent this summer by opting out of the final year of his contract.
Wade in particular was a shining light for the team as he stayed relatively healthy to average 21.5 points per game and produce the level of basketball that Heat fans have become accustomed to over the years.
There are still question marks over both Dragic and Luol Deng among others in terms of who comes back next year, but it is now expected that coach Erik Spoelstra will at least have his two stalwarts in Wade and Bosh to rely on and build around in the off-season.