NBA — 14 August 2013
Miami Heat May Limit Dwyane Wade’s Minutes Next Season

Let’s be honest with ourselves here: Dwyane Wade probably has a solid year and a half left of decent ball left in those legs. The last two seasons, he has shown significant decline in productivity. Playing with LeBron has meant that he doesn’t have to do as much, but his regression is very apparent.

The Miami Heat are obviously aware of this and may have a plan. Are they going to limit and/or monitor Wade’s minutes? A this point, it’s an excellent idea before he breaks down completely.


Q: What’s your take with Dwayne Wade’s recurring health issues and why isn’t anything being discussed or done in the offseason? — Luis, Miami.

A: If you think the Heat medical, training and coaching staffs aren’t coming up with a course of action for next season, you’re fooling yourself. Plenty is being discussed this offseason to make sure that Dwyane’s health doesn’t create doubts with the rest of the roster (as 2014 free agency looms). Will Dwyane embrace sitting out the second nights of back-to-backs or even a set number of games? I doubt it. And it would be a difficult spot to put Erik Spoelstra in, having him issue such edicts. Ultimately, I think it becomes a Pat Riley issue, with Riley to establish a course of action through consultation with Wade and the coaching staff.

H/T: Sun Sentinel

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