Report: Heat could make run at Thunder star Durant

Is it possible that the Heat will attempt to keep Dwyane Wade (left) in Miami by promising to pursue Kevin Durant (right)?

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The Miami Heat may have to get creative to persuade Dwyane Wade to play out the final year of his team-friendly contract, and promising to pursue the biggest name on the free-agent market after next season would be a good place to start.

Wade did the Heat a favor last summer by opting out of the final two years of his contract and signing a new two-year deal that gave the team more flexibility. The 33-year-old went on to average 21.5 points per game last season and prove he still has plenty left in the tank. Now, there are reports that Wade could cash in on the favor the Heat owe him and demand more money.

But what if the Heat promise D-Wade they’ll go all-out for Kevin Durant next summer?

According to Dan Le Batard of The Miami Herald, the Heat are hoping Wade opts into his $16 million contract for the 2015-2016 season, allowing for more flexibility when he becomes a free agent. At that point, they would — in theory — try to figure out a way to re-sign Wade and sign Durant. Per Le Batard:

The problem for Wade is he is getting to the age where securing as much money as he can is incredibly important. What if he suffers an injury next season or is suddenly far less effective? Will the Heat stay true to their word for a broken-down 34-year-old, even if they miss out on Durant?

There has been speculation that Durant may want to return to his hometown to play after next season, but he insists he would love to remain in Oklahoma City. The Heat will be one of many teams trying to sign him. Does Wade want to wager his future on that happening? I doubt it.

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