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May 29, 2015 Updates

One Wade associate said the Wade camp's impression is that the Heat believes Wade is bluffing and that he wouldn’t really leave. It's still difficult to envision Wade leaving and only Wade knows for sure if he would really leave if the Heat refuses to budge in contract talks. Miami Herald

That said, several Wade associates have said he's open to considering signing elsewhere if the Heat doesn't increase its offer. And one of them said Wade simply wants to feel like he is being taken care of, like he's being treated completely fairly. Miami Herald

Dwyane Wade is now ready for a raise from the Miami Heat, according to sources, and the veteran guard is prepared to use his opt-out clause to ensure it. ESPN.com

But after several injury-plagued seasons, including 20 games lost this season, the free-agent market for Wade could be challenging if he wanted more than the $16 million he made this season and the roughly $16 million he would make if he opted to finish out his current deal. These conflicting leverages have led to an impasse in the early stages of talks, sources told ESPN. ESPN.com

One friend of Wade pointed out that Dragic’s future is another chip that Wade holds in negotiations, because the chances of Dragic bolting this summer would increase if Wade does. For Dragic, one of the appealing aspects of re-signing with Miami is playing alongside Wade. Dragic prefers to remain with the Heat (and playing with Wade), but the Lakers and Knicks, among others, are ready to pounce if Dragic considers other options. Miami Herald

The three were regulars in the rotation this season, and all had crucial roles in the Rockets' advancement. "I like the future if we can keep all the pieces together," said Smith, 29, a 6-9 forward. "I like what the future holds for us. "You never know in free agency what may occur. The city of Houston and this team has definitely embraced me for my individuality and the way I play the game. It would be great to do something special for the city and for this team." Houston Chronicle

Josh Smith, Jason Terry and Corey Brewer sat in a row, their lockers next to each other. They face free agency this summer, and all three hope they will be sporting their headbands as Rockets again. "I love playing here," said Brewer, a 6-9 swingman. "I hope we are back together. We made the Western Conference finals, and hopefully everything works out and we are all back together next year." Houston Chronicle

May 28, 2015 Updates

Barry Jackson: Still hard to envision Wade leaving. But never underestimate a proud, accomplished athlete's desire to feel appreciated. Wade/Heat money gap is significant.Wade has every right to expect to be paid like other stars.But Heat's 2016 cap challenges complicate this Twitter @flasportsbuzz

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