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Heat President Pat Riley Doesn’t Hold Back When Talking About Dwyane Wade’s Future In Miami

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Throughout his 13-year NBA career, Dwyane Wade has been the steady face of the franchise for the Miami Heat. Team president Pat Riley shares that same belief when it comes to the three-time NBA champion. With Wade set to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason, Riley recognizes the vital importance of keeping him in a Heat uniform for the rest of his career.

“He wants to win, I think, as much as he wants to do anything,” Riley told Dave George of the Palm Beach Post. “Compensation to a player is not just a way to get paid and to live your life. Compensation to a player is about recognition and respect and place. We know where he belongs… he’s a lifer. What he’s done in this city over the last 13 years is irreplaceable and so we’re going to do the right thing. There’s no doubt.”

Although Wade may have his best days behind him due to his health and age, he’s still one of the game’s premier players at his position. He has been a key source of reliability for the franchise, which has especially been the case following LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers two summers ago. The 12-time All-Star has done whatever it takes to help put the Heat in the best position win including taking a couple pay cuts. If they want to keep Wade in Miami, Riley must follow through on his strong words by finally giving him the lucrative contract that he deserves.

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