Wade opts for free agency

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - staff and wire re­ports

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Dwyane Wade and the Mi­ami Heat is about to be tested like never be­fore, and the most ac­com­plished player in fran­chise history may soon have a new home.

Wade will be­come a free agent Wed­nes­day, elect­ing to pass on a $ 16.1- mil­lion op­tion for next sea­son and see what he’s worth on the open mar­ket. His de­ci­sion was an­nounced Mon­day af­ter­noon by a spokesper­son in a 61- word news re­lease, af­ter both Wade and his agent, Henry Thomas, did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

Wade played for all three of Mi­ami’s NBA cham­pi­onship teams. He’s been an All- Star in 11 of his 12 sea­sons, and is Mi­ami’s all- time leader in plenty of cat­e­gories in­clud­ing games, points, as­sists and steals.

Wade has left about $ 27 mil­lion on the ta­ble dur­ing his ca­reer and wants those sac­ri­fices re­warded in his next con­tract. But he’s missed 25% of Mi­ami’s reg­u­lar- sea­son games over the last four sea­sons and that, com­bined with him turn­ing 34 next sea­son, prob­a­bly is weigh­ing heav­ily on how much the Heat wants to of­fer.

For­ward Luol Deng said he would ex­er­cise his op­tion to play for Mi­ami next sea­son in a $ 10.1- mil­lion deal.

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