Wade Wants To Be Comfortable With Role In Miami

Dwyane Wade isn’t demanding to start, but he does want to feel comfortable with his role on the Heat before committing to play another season, writes Greg Cote of The Miami Herald.

Wade was used exclusively in a reserve role after the Cavaliers traded him to Miami in February. He came off the bench in all 21 regular season games with the Heat, along with four postseason contests.

Wade would like to be used more than the 22.2 minutes of playing time he averaged after returning to Miami, Cote adds. He would be willing to play a mentor’s role, similar to newly re-signed teammate Udonis Haslem, but also wants to contribute on the court.

Miami has been holding a roster spot open for Wade, but had hoped for an earlier decision. Team president Pat Riley originally said he hoped for a final determination by the middle of August, then later said Labor Day was “sort of the drop-dead date for players.”

Cote expects Wade to announce that he’ll play one more year, but not until the team’s Media Day on September 24.

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4 thoughts on “Wade Wants To Be Comfortable With Role In Miami

  1. Kudos for D-Wade, he wants to play instead of getting paid for mentoring while warming the bench, Miami must give it to him. Last year he still was the best Heat in the playoffs. Deserves the PT.

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  2. x%sure

    Miami has too many players they can’t do without. Wade should go with the highest bidder, if there’s another. Not sure there is though, at least in the USA.

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  3. paladin

    D-Wade wants some Love. He wants everyone to tell him how much he is wanted & loved. He wants guaranteed minutes. He wants a blanket, hot water bottle and a rocking chair for his farewell tour around the NBA. This season will be more about his farewell tour than winning games and making playoffs. Reminds me of Burt Favre and Kobes broken knee farewell tour that lasted like 2 years. Show me some Love…Signed Dwade…..

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