Dwyane Wade loves being back in his adopted town with the Miami Heat.
“Miami!!! I missed you. We’re back from AllStar and we have a lot of work to do. We’re going to need each and every last one of you to help us end this season in Miami Heat fashion! Let’s go HeatNation”
Miami!!! I missed you. We’re back from AllStar and we have a lot of work to do. We’re going to need each and every last one of you to help us end this season in Miami Heat fashion! Let’s go HeatNation— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 20, 2018
Both Wade and Udonis Haslem are unrestricted free agents this summer, as are Wayne Ellington and Luke Babbitt.
Tyler Johnson receives a $13 million raise, and Josh Richardson a $8 million one, for a total increase of $21 million between both of them in 2018-19.
Meanwhile, the Heat are committed for an increase of almost $6 million for the rest of the other players, which adds up to about $27 million bump before signing any free agents.
Miami was under the 2017 the luxury tax threshold of $117 million with the lower salaries of Tyler Johnson and Richardson this season.
Depending on the 2018 salary cap, the Heat may have to pay a luxury tax next season for a team that’s current an 8th seeded one, and that’s before resigning any of their own free agents.
How does Miami keep Wade, Haslem, Ellington and/or Babbitt where they belong, when the franchise already faces a potentially steep luxury tax penalty with their current obligations?
Heat fans need another fantastic finish for the ages by the team to cheer the band on for a while longer.