Why the Miami Heat Would Be Better off Without Dwyane Wade

Sammy SucuSenior Analyst IJanuary 19, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat falls to the court with an injury in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on January 13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Wade left the game after the injury as the Nuggets defeated the Heat 117-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Dwayne Wade brought a NBA championship to Miami in 2006.

Until the time he recruited Chris Bosh and LeBron James, Wade put up great numbers but never got deep into the playoffs.

Dwayne Wade has been out for the past four games, and the Heat have won every game. Chris Bosh and LeBron James are scoring five to six more points each, and the team is shooting at a higher percentage without Wade.

Is that the real reason to trade Wade? No. 

It is very tough to coach a team that has two players who demand the ball, and that is the situation in Miami. This would work with an elite PG and an elite SG who both demand the ball—because it would be assumed that one of them is a great perimeter shooter. 

In this case neither LeBron or Wade are particularly great at that; they are both slashers who love to get to the basket. 

What trade should the Heat seek? It's obvious.

Dwayne Wade for Deron Williams or Dwayne Wade for Dwight Howard.

Both players would make this team the favorite in the East. Williams would handle the ball more and set up the shooters. And he would also take pressure off LeBron the way Wade does.

The better trade would be for Dwight because it would make the defense and Chris Bosh better. If you don't know by now Chris Bosh is softer than a 600-thread-count Egyptian blanket. Bosh would be able to get out of the paint and become a mismatch for defenders instead of being inside where he usually gets dominated. 

This trade would most likely anger Heat forward LeBron James but what does it matter? LeBron James would finally stop being criticized for not having a championship—because, with the addition of Deron Williams or especially Dwight Howard, the Heat would most likely be NBA champions this year. And they would remain in contention until the core got older. 

What are the chances this trade happens? Very low. But what are the chances this trade would help Miami get to the next level?

Very high. 

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