3. The Heat Have No Draft Picks
In this day and age with a stricter CBA, and a luxury tax that severely punishes offenders, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that the best way to get your bang for your buck is by signing kids to rookie contracts. For example, Norris Cole made $1.1 million this year and will make $2 million next year. Why? Because he’s on his rookie deal — if he wasn’t, Norris Cole would probably be getting paid $5-8 million a year.
In the upcoming 2013 draft, the Heat have no draft picks.
The Heat probably don’t even know what a draft pick even looks like.
If the Heat trade Dwyane Wade, they’d be able to shoot, like, 15 birds with one stone. (Okay, I exaggerate, but seriously, hear me out.)
First Bird: They get rid of an aging superstar that’s commanding way too much money given his (lack) of current, and future production (a.k.a the “Make somebody else over-pay for this guy” play).
Second Bird: They receive draft picks (and good ones, to boot) so that they can get talented, young players, on really good contracts to support LeBron James (a.k.a, the “Getting your bang for your buck” play).
Third Bird: This young(er) team goes on to win not one, not two…oh, you’ve already heard that line before?
So it wasn’t 15 birds, but it does make sense, and the bottom line is that the Miami Heat should seriously think about trading Dwyane Wade.
(And don’t even get me started on Chris Bosh.)