Dwyane Wade SG MIA 9 Days

Dwyane Wade has finalized a multi-year contract with the Heat, which the AP is reporting as a two-year deal with a player option in the second year.

As fantasy owners know all too well, Wade's knees caused him to be rested during back-to-back sets last season, and he wound up missing 28 regular season games. He should have a bigger role offensively with LeBron James gone, but it's debatable whether Wade can still carry the burden of being a No. 1 option on a daily basis. He gave up money in the short term by opting out of his two-year, $42 million deal this summer, but he's still expected to make around $15 million per season.

Dwyane Wade SG MIA 9 Days

Dwyane Wade's next contract with the Miami Heat is expected to start at $15 million per season, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

While it won't be the $20M+ that Wade was owed if he didn't opt out of his contract prior to free agency, it is still quite a bit more than most were expecting Wade to make if LeBron James re-signed with the Heat. Wade's 2013-14 averages of 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.5 steals don't look so bad on the surface, but are a lot tougher to stomach for fantasy owners when considering that the only played 54 games. Wade will be expected to take on more of a leadership role alongside Chris Bosh now that James has taken his talents back home to Cleveland, but isn't worth an early-round fantasy selection due to the headaches that come with his games missed.

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Dwyane Wade is not expected to finalize a new contract with the Heat until Monday at the earliest.

There's no doubt that D-Wade will stay with the Heat, and Pat Riley is preoccupied with other moves to flesh out the roster. Miami has already signed Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger and Luol Deng, in addition to retaining Chris Bosh, and both Wade and Mario Chalmers are expected to re-sign in the near future.

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Dwyane Wade said he's sad to see LeBron James "begin a new journey" in Cleveland.

He said LeBron will always be a part of his family and knew it wasn't an easy decision. Wade lost out on a lot of money with LeBron leaving, opting out of the last two years of his contract. He'll have a lot more responsibility next season and is expected to sign with the Heat any day now.

Dwyane Wade SG MIA 13 Days

Now that Chris Bosh is returning to Miami on a max deal, the Heat are reportedly trying to finalize shorter deals with Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.

Wade will likely stay loyal to Pat Riley and remain in Miami alongside Chris Bosh. Haslem is a fan favorite in Miami, and he has repeatedly taken less money to remain with the franchise throughout his career so it would be shocking to seem him land elsewhere. Wade will need to prove that he is still capable of carrying a team after a disappointing 2013-14 season. His knees will be a concern and it would probably be best to let another owner deal with Wade come draft day.

Dwyane Wade SG MIA 13 Days

The Bulls have reportedly reached out to Dwyane Wade to gauge his interest in joining his hometown team.

Wade is from Chicago, and with LeBron James headed back to Cleveland, and Chris Bosh likely bound for Houston, it's possible Wade bolts the rebuilding roster in Miami that consists of Norris Cole, Josh McRoberts, and Danny Granger. However, Wade has spent his entire career in a Miami Heat uniform, so it's possible he feels some loyalty to the organization that he's won three championships with.

Dwyane Wade SG MIA 13 Days

Dwyane Wade faces an uncertain market as a free agent with LeBron James opting to sign in Cleveland.

Wade could have earned $41.8 million over the next two seasons but he chose to terminate his deal as part of Miami's roster rebuild. That plan is crumbling quickly now that LeBron is gone, as Chris Bosh may soon follow suit and there aren't likely to be many huge, long-term offers for Wade given his chronic knee problems and injury history. Wade has played with Miami since being drafted in 2003-04, but at the moment their decimated roster doesn't have much going for it.

Dwyane Wade SG MIA 13 Days

Dwyane Wade is expected to be with LeBron James on his flight from Las Vegas to Miami on Thursday night.

Things are definitely getting interesting. Wade and LeBron spent a lot of time in Vegas together, so Miami may have a better chance at keeping LeBron than many thought. The flight to Miami isn't really worth reading into too much since it's much closer to Brazil than Vegas.

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According to Dwyane Wade's agent, "nothing's changed" in Wade's approach to free agency since July 1.

A report from John Canzano of the Oregonian stated that Wade was ready to sign a four-year deal starting at around $12 million in 2014-15, but that has since been denied by Wade's agent. LeBron James' agent has been meeting with teams other than the Heat, and Wade and Chris Bosh are unlikely to ink any contracts until LBJ chooses where to sign.

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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh clearly had "a breakdown in communication," according to Yahoo! Sports.

"LeBron seems ready to explore market," a source told Yahoo! Sports. Oh boy. If for some reason there is a breakdown in bringing LeBron back to Miami, Wade is going to miss out on a lot of money. Other teams are in hot pursuit of LeBron over the holiday weekend and things certainly got more interesting with this report. Of course, this could be a tactic for the Heat to make some moves.