Miami Heat Rumors
On-the-rise Dan Craig is expected to return from the D-League to the Heat assistant coaching staff — and with Juwan Howard (whose stock continues to rise) and Keith Smart — that trio would give Spoelstra a strong troika of assistants on the bench.
“We’ll sit down and we’ll talk about that with Dwyane,” said Riley, who doesn’t do much for his negotiating position by proclaiming last season as Wade’s best overall performance since prior to the Big Three era. “He wants to win, I think, as much as he wants to do anything. Compensation to a player is not just a way to get paid and to live your life. Compensation to a player is about recognition and respect and place. We know where he belongs…He’s a lifer. What he’s done in this city over the last 13 years is irreplaceable and so we’re going to do the right thing. There’s no doubt.”
Wade, who flirted with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, is in a similarly agreeable mood. “I don’t want to be on the market at all,” Wade said two days after the Heat’s season ended with a Game 7 loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinals. “I’m not curious at all. I want to get to it [with the Heat]. I want to be able to sign my deal and move on and not have to deal with any rumors, any free agency, any this, any that. This is where I want to end my career. So we’ll figure it out.”
As if to prove this point, the tributes immediately started rolling in for the new guy. Mario Chalmers tweeted: “Fizz to Memphis huh. I like that move. Great coach and even a better person.” Dwyane Wade tweeted: “#Fizz2Grizz. I like that.”
Wade — who began partnering with The Tie Bar in 2014 and helps design a few collections each year — has built a strong bond with Sager during his 13 years in the league. When he saw the opportunity to combine his partnership and his relationship with Sager in the hopes of forming something special, he took it. “Wade came to us a while back and told us Craig Sager’s story,” Allyson Lewis, vice president of merchandising and design for The Tie Bar told USA TODAY Sports. “He really wanted to do something for (Sager) because he cares about him a lot as a person and was very touched by his story. Also given the fact that (Sager) is sort of known for his outlandish, really fun personal style, Dwyane said ‘I think this can make total sense to kind of bring together what I’m doing with The Tie Bar and also support Craig.” Just like that, “The Sager” was formed.