Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade is ready for a pay rise this summer, and after taking two pay cuts in his last two deals he could opt out to ensure he gets one.
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Wade is in the middle of a two-year deal worth $33m that he signed last summer, and after taking a pay cut with it in order to give the organisation some financial flexibility to rebuild the roster, he wants to be rewarded this time round.
It was the second consecutive deal that Wade agreed to take less money, with his current contract reducing his salary by $6m from the deal he opted out of last summer which in turn helped Miami bring in Luol Deng as a free agent.
The 33-year-old now wants his loyalty and understanding to be rewarded according to reports, although the Heat face a difficult decision given his susceptibility to getting injured.
Wade missed 20 games last season but was in inspired form when he did play, averaging a team-high 21.5 points per game as he remains the franchise’s leader in games, points, assists and steals.
As a result, it would be a surprise to see him leave this summer as he looks to get an improved deal, such is his connection and loyalty to the Heat that it would be difficult seeing him go elsewhere.
Wade has until June 29 to make a decision on whether or not to pick up the option in his contract for next season, and it will undoubtedly be key to Miami’s future plans.
Goran Dragic is also a free agent this summer with suggestions that he is prefers to stay with the Heat, while coach Erik Spoelstra will get Chris Bosh back next season after his health scare this year along with a solid overall team with reinforcements likely to arrive too.