Heat president Pat Riley will meet with Dwyane Wade in the near future with the goal of signing Wade for at least one more season, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press tweets. “We want him back,” Riley said.
Riley also wants to re-sign big man Udonis Haslem. The Heat have been holding roster spots for both longtime veterans.
According to Riley’s “gut feeling,” Haslem will be back. Wade’s return is less certain.
Riley indicated that Wade’s return is not linked to offering the team’s full taxpayer mid-level exception of $5.3M, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel (Twitter links).
The Heat already have nearly $127M in salary commitments, which would put them over the luxury tax threshold.
Wade recently stated he wouldn’t play overseas after he reportedly received a lucrative offer from a Chinese team. Haslem has been working out with other Miami players in anticipation he’ll re-sign with the team for which he’s played the past 15 seasons.