NBA Rumors: Will Dwyane Wade Return to the Miami Heat Next Season?

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 03/21/17 07:42AM EDT

Dwyane Wade is out for the rest of the season after suffering a sprained and fractured right elbow on Wednesday. He could opt out of his deal with the Chicago Bulls at the end of the season and become a free agent again. Should he re-sign with the Heat and return to Miami?

The Bulls star had a very good first season in Chicago, as he averaged 18.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, but it was full of ups and downs. The team was very inconsistent and they are in danger of missing the playoffs.

Chicago could be heading for a rebuild this offseason and they will surely start it by trading Jimmy Butler. If Butler gets traded, there is no way Dwyane Wade is going to exercise his $23.8 million option to play with a bunch of young players.

According to Ira Winderman of The Sun-Sentinel, a reunion between Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley in Miami is possible next season. He pointed out that Wade is still going to contribute but the Heat needs to make some moves first in order to accommodate him and the resurgent Dion Waiters.

Winderman also noted that the Heat will need to address Chris Bosh's situation to create more cap space next season. Miami is one of the surprising teams this season despite startin with one of the worst records in the league.

They are now playing like a playoff team and they could make the postseason either as the seventh or eighth seed. And looking at the future, the Heat are built with Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters and Hassan Whiteside. Other players like Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and James Johnson are great role players.

It is too early to tell if Dwyane Wade is thinking of coming back to South Beach but it is very possible. However, fans should not expect too much because Riley will not offer him a big contract and he is just going to be a complimentary player, per Ryan Yousefi of the Miami New Times.

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