Pat Riley predicts Heat will re-sign Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem

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Dwyane Wade said, if he plays next season, it’ll be with the Heat. Otherwise, he has been mum on returning or retiring.

Udonis Haslem is reportedly nearing a deal with Miami. But nothing is official.

Heat president Pat Riley updated the status of those veterans.

Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press:

Ira Winderman of the South Florida SunSentinel:

Wade has already had a Hall of Fame-worthy 15-year career. There’d be no shame in the 36-year-old walking away. But I’d also advise him: If he wants to play, this his last chance. He can always enjoy retirement later in life. His physical ability to compete in the NBA is dwindling.

That’s less important for Haslem, who has probably already aged out of regular on-court usefulness. The 38-year-old has barely played the last two seasons. But he’s valuable in the locker room.

Wade, on the hand, would probably join Miami’s rotation. His résumé and status in Miami all but demands it. It’s questionable how much he can still help a team. Considering his high-usage style, he could easily be destructive on the court, even coming off the bench.

But there’s something nice about Wade getting buckets and Haslem instilling toughness for the Heat. They’ve earned the right to finish on their own terms, and Riley is trying to make that happen.