Miami Heat looking to retain veterans

Even as the NBA surges to a more analytics-based building model, there will always be a place for the veterans in the room. The Miami Heat are looking to make several moves on this front, as Pat Riley is said to be hopeful that he can re-sign both Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem for the 2018-19 season.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Haslem is expected to return to Miami for his 16th season. Riley will also reach out to Wade to convince him to return, the report states.

While Haslem has functioned in a player-coach role for the last several seasons, Wade proved late last season and in the playoffs that he can still perform at a high level. Wade topped 25 points twice in the team’s series loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Heat could either re-sign Wade to a veteran’s minimum contract or the mid-level exception, which would pay the future Hall of Famer roughly $5.3 million in 2018-19.

Wade, who reportedly received a lucrative offer to play in China, will only return for another NBA season if it’s with the Miami Heat. Over the past two seasons, he has played with the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. The bulk of his storied career has been with the Heat, where he has won three NBA championships.

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