Dwyane Wade dance with all the Heat will not help them escape the NBA's midsection. Judging by what is coming back to this roster, neither will the season of the post-Wade era.
Miami has been hungry for star power in recent decades, sending only two representatives to the All-Star Game over the previous three seasons--just as an injury replacement (Goran Dragic), the other on a special invitation from the commissioner (Wade). While Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo have all taken steps ahead this season, none has consistently displayed elite possible.
This class has too much talent to bottom out, which type of rebuild doesn't interest team president Pat Riley anyway. The Heat have been loose with their draft selections during his tenure, hence the reason they are out a future and four of their next five second-rounders.
But when the draft does not deliver a star, it is hard to tell which route this franchise may take. There is no real spending cash until 2020, and trade chips come few and far between, provided how many bloated contracts are on the books.
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