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Wade plays the leverage game

Posted on: July 6, 2009 5:06 pm
I applaud Dwyane Wade.

Not for his game. Not for his frequent Twitter updates. And certainly not for his honesty.

I applaud Wade for his willingness to openly play the leverage card.

By telling the Associated Press that simply getting to the playoffs is "not enough for me," Wade has quickly filled the void left by Kobe Bryant's decision last week to A) not opt out of his contract, and B) consider signing an extension this summer. Instead of dancing around the question like LeBron, who never answers it with anything other than vapid hyperbole about how he loves Cleveland and doesn't want to leave, Wade has put his cards on the table.

"Build me a team," Wade said. "Put the pressure on me to win a championship. Give me a team and say 'All right, you've got to go do it,' and I'll take that pressure. Give me guys that we feel can compete every year to win a championship. I don't want to go anywhere else."

Will Wade ultimately make good on his threat to leave South Beach for supposedly greener pastures if Miami doesn't put itself on the doorstep of a championship? Probably not. But he has every right to use that leverage in the hopes that the Heat step up and make the kind of roster moves he believes are necessary to contend for a title.

As unpredictable as this summer's free-agent negotiating period has been with only a handful of teams armed with cap space and no top-shelf All-NBA talents available, imagine the frenzy a year from now. About half the league will have cap space, and Wade just put everyone on notice that he might just be the superstar most motivated to move.

Or not. Maybe he's just using the circumstances to his advantage. To which I say, good for him.
Category: NBA

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 11:33 pm

Wade plays the leverage game

Can anyone answer my question?

How Heats give BOSH to D-wade? I don't know what could you do if Raptors say no. You really can't do much about it at this time as what I said. all big mans are under contract which you can't face to make a move

<All the Richs gets richer this past week> Guess Why?

they both need each other. As Wallaces, RJ(Richard Jefferson), Ron Artest, VCarter and McDyess whom all want a ring (even Wallaces already got one with Pistons) in next season. So. where they goes to? Lakers, Celtics, Cavs, Magics and Spurs. (This five teams are the best now and only they have the chance to win it). And also Those teams need those guys to fix into the system to make even more richer to win the title.

But Heats is not the team whom has the chance for the title run. And even you got those names like Sheed Wallaces, Shaq, or Ron Artest. Do you think that Heats have the chance for the title?????? the answer is no

So. what you want the heats to do at this time?????? Yes They need to keep Wade in Miami but they can't do much for the team at this time. No room to go

To sign a young big name like Al Jefferson which would be a prefect fix for Wade. But the question is how you go to get it done

Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2009 11:17 am

Letter to Pat

Dear Pat-
I understand your dilemma, I understand the situation you are faced with this offseason,and I understand I am not the guy to tell you how to run your job. I dont have 5 NBA rings, I've never led the to back-to-back championships, and I certainly have never been on the cover of GQ, well not yet atleast, but I do know one thing. You know that stud you drafted in 03-04? The guy who averaged 34.7 ppg in the NBA Finals while carrying the entire city of Miami on his back. The guy who finished the job that Miami legends Tim Hardaway, Alonzo Morning, and Ronny Seikly were unable to get done. Dude calls himself D Wade, and if he has a problem, than I have a problem. The man wants to win Mr. Riley. He's playing out-of-this-planet-insane-good basketball right now and he wants to win some more jewelry, not only for himself, but for me and you too. However, there is only so much he can do. He took a roster full of D-league talent and turned them into winners last year. That is the good news. More good news comes with Dwayne not being satisfied with his NBA scoring title, with himself entering "the best in the game today" conversation. He knows what he is capable of. You control what happens next. If you stand Pat, allowing this team to "grow" next season without making any strides towards making us a contender, our love-affair with the best player our franchise has ever seen will be cut short. This is the bad news. We will never know what could have been. I beg you Mr. Riley, take the leap-of-faith. Wade asks for Bosh, give him Bosh. Even if it means parting ways with 19 year-old, immature Michael Beasly. He will be a star, no doubt but Wade will not be around. He will be the only star on a team that will be in the lottery for years. You'll look back on this offseason and it will make you sick. Your time in Miami will be mired by this and your relationship with Dwayne and this city will sour.
Mr. Riley, bringer of all that is good, do not mess this up. Bring Bosh to Miami. Wade will resign, find the next Kapono or Posey etc, and we will be hosting parades in our city once again. Your legendary status will cement itself in history. I trust you will make the right decision.
Miami Fan

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2009 10:31 am

Wade plays the leverage game

Good for him, he says all the rich getting richer this past week with the Celtics, Lakers, Pistons, Spurs, Cavs and Magic all making pretty big moves to help them pull away from the pack( which they already were). Wade just wants his team to get up off their $% % and make some moves to improve, because if you're not getting better you're just getting older. Wade has to put the pressure on now before he re-signs because then he could be stuck as a great player in a bad situation- being used to just sell tickets.

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2009 10:19 am

Wade plays the leverage game

I  think it's refresing that D-Wade is expressing his desire that the Heat build a better team around him. I'm a huge Heat fan; however, I don't think that Riley has the talent judgement to build a championship team. After the championship season he made questionable moves; i.e. bringing in Ricky Davis, not paying Jason Kapono, bringing in Shawn Marion for one yr. D-Wade should definitely keep his options open!

Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2009 1:15 am

Wade plays the leverage game

Dwyane Wade is too good a player to be in a bad team and be ok with it. He won it all in 2006 with Shaquille O'Neal, but ever since, that Heat team has been in a downward spiral. They had a few good games last season, but all in all, its been Wade's team and it hasn't been all good. I think Miami needs to give Wade a good supporting cast this year, just like how Cleveland got LeBron a big teddy bear in Shaq. Cleveland has tried real hard to make their intentions clear to LeBron that they want him to stick around after this season. Wade needs a message like that.

Apart from the fact that Cleveland was already a championship contendor last season, Miami is in a semi-rebuilding mode. They've tried out their seasons by shuffling their roster, getting rid of O'Neal, bringing in Marion, getting rid of him n bringing in Jermaine O'Neal. They're just doing too much without allowing the dust to settle. They need to make a solid risky move, get in a veteran who will complement Wade and atleast instill the belief that they can do a lot of damage come playoff time. Until then, I cant wait for the 2010 free agency.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2009 11:11 pm

Wade plays the leverage game

First, I don't think they can do that much more to make Heats to close to the titles as Wade expected. Because if you look around the Market today, which you can't find a real good big man as C.Bosh, Andrew Bynum out of there. so what can you do based on that which you have no option to bring a big man. If they can't add a big man like Bosh or Howard which could make any sense as today.

so, how about a possible trade for Heats. Which I also don't believe it because not a lot of available out of there. Duncan, KG, YAO, Howard, Bynum, Gasol, Bosh whom aren't available as today. So who you are going to bring back to Miami? this a big question remain here.

Or Could you improve so far you have which I mean the young telants out of there. I don't think anything happen soon as this season.

Wade has to make his own decision to stay or to go after this season 2009-10

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2009 10:20 pm

Wade plays the leverage game

This will be an entertaining saga to follow at the very least. Will Miami make the moves that Wade feels they need to make to contend ? If they don't, where will Wade be headed towards ? If the Heat make certain moves, will it be enough for Wade ? How much money will he command if he does leave ? It's sure to get entertaining and ammusing at the very least.

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