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Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem have invitations to return to the Miami Heat, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The Heat currently have 11 players under contract. The franchise surpassed the luxury tax threshold by more than $3 million to sign guard Wayne Ellington.
Miami’s projected tax payment is at $4.9 million, but if Wade agrees to return for the Heat’s $5.3 million exception, the tax would balloon well over $10 million.
Wade, 36, had an eventful year this past season. He started off playing with his pal LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it wasn’t the right fit for the Chicago native, as Wade’s heart and mind were still in South Beach.
So, the Cavs did Wade — and themselves — a favor by trading the guard to the Heat at the trade deadline. Wade was much more comfortable and productive in Miami, averaging 12.0 points in the 21 games in which he appeared.
Wade turned back the clock a few times during the Heat’s first-round playoff loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He scored 28 points in the Game 2 win and 25 in the Game 4 loss.
The future Hall-of-Famer is said to be undecided if he wants to play again next season. Back in June, Wade said he’ll only play for the Heat if he continues his career.
“For me, at this point, I would love to, you know, if I decide to come back and play the game of basketball, I would love for it obviously to be in Miami,” Wade said on the Chris and Caron show. “It’s crazy because in this league you never know what happens. I never even thought I would leave Miami. I thought I would be here forever. But things happen. So, at this point for me, sitting here, contemplating on playing the game of basketball, my only vision as I sit here today is playing in a Miami Heat uniform.”
Haslem, meanwhile, has spent his entire 15-year career with the Heat. He only appeared in 14 games in 2017-18.