Report: Dwyane Wade upset over course of Heat contract negotiations
The impasse in contract negotiations between the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade could be more than business as usual at this point.
It makes sense for both sides to try to negotiate the best possible deal. Wade (probably) wants to get paid as much as possible while still allowing the Heat to be title contenders, while Miami (probably) wants to maintain as much financial flexibility moving forward as possible without completely insulting the face of the franchise.
Unfortunately for the Heat and Wade, that particular line might already have been crossed. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Wade is "upset" by the Heat's negotiating stance to this point:
"And Wade is under no obligation to take the highest offer. In fact, he could consider joining a top contender for less than Miami’s offer if he continues to feel the Heat isn’t treating him fairly. A friend has described Wade as upset with the Heat’s position and that he wants to feel like a priority."
That would be the ultimate losing scenario for Miami. The Heat could ill afford to lose Wade -- literally, as they would have very little cap space with which to sign a replacement if he were to leave, and figuratively, as Wade's departure so soon after losing LeBron James would be a huge blow to Miami.
(h/t Miami Herald)
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