Not too long ago, the Miami Heat were celebrating their back-to-back NBA championships. A lot has changed since then within the organization.
In 2010, the Big 3 or the “Heatles” took the league by storm. LeBron James changed the landscape of the NBA when he decided to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach. “Not one, not two, not three..” but four straight finals appearances resulted from this move.
After four successful years, the unthinkable occurred and the Big 3 broke up. Even Dwyane, aka Mr. Miami, couldn’t see eye to eye with the Heat about an upcoming contract and signed with the Chicago Bulls. This awkward separation left fans looking at Pat Riley a little differently. Some believed that he had simply lost his magic and was becoming too much of an old-school guy.
Even though LeBron was the better player and more popular during their tenure with the Heat, the fan favorite in Miami has always been Dwyane. The fans appreciate his stellar 2006 championship performance, which resulted in the franchise’s first championship. The fans also respected how Dwyane sacrificed for the Heat many times in order to sign big time free agents.
After the misunderstanding with Heat management, Dwyane ended up going to play back home with the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls had a tough year but ended up making the eighth seed of the playoffs and took the Boston Celtics to six games.
This offseason was a peculiar one for the Bulls mainly because of how they traded their star player, Jimmy Butler, to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Once this domino fell, it was highly likely that Dwyane would reach a buyout from the Bulls. The Bulls are clearly heading into a rebuild mode, and Dwyane is certainly not in the mood to stick around for something like that.
If Dwyane eventually gets bought out, many believe he would end up back with LeBron and join the Cleveland Cavaliers. A recent report, however, might give Miami some hope in their superstar returning. This report stated that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat would also be intriguing destinations for Dwyane.
While Dwyane is getting up there in age, he is still a very formidable player and can certainly make a difference on a contender. For the Heat, he would bring valuable experience and a closer that can be trusted in crunch time. He also gives the Heat another great isolation scorer that can get a basket when the offense breaks down.
It will be interesting to see where Dwyane goes if he indeed gets bought out by the Bulls. He has many great options to choose from, but the Heat fans will certainly be rooting for a comeback from the three time champion.
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