2010 NBA Draft: Dwyane Wade's Decision Will Depend on Draft
The Miami Heat had pressure on them going into last night's draft.
They needed to send a clear message to their star player, Dwyane Wade, that he had a reason to stay in South Florida.
The Heat have had a less than stellar mark since drafting Wade, but this time they had to pick players that showed a commitment to creating a lasting team for him.
Here is a look at the decisions made by the Heat in this year's draft and how they will impact Wade's decision.
The first move by the Heat was before the draft even started. They sacrificed their overall No. 18 pick and Cook to the Thunder to get the 32nd pick.
The move was simple. Make room to bring Wade a playmate.
The Heat really don't lose anything in getting rid of Cook, and the fact that they chose to go for cap space rather than a top pick means they've listened to Wade.
They must be fairly certain of whom they want to bring in for him if they're all ready making room to create the cap space.
Dexter Pittman averaged over 10 points a game playing for Texas. The big man has had issues with weight and graduates at precisely 300 pounds (if you want to believe the measurements).
Pittman has been very forthcoming about his problems with weight, and it'll take time to see how determined he is to get into pro shape.
He won't be an imediate addition to the starting rotation, but he comes from a strong program and has matured in his four years.
This doesn't send an immediate message to Wade but it's thinking of the future, which is laudable in a team facing such an imminent problem.
Javis Varnado adds something on the defensive side that will help Wade from having to be the top man in both ends of the court.
Varnado, as opposed to Pittman, needs to gain some weight to be able to defend the pros.
He wont be a star defender, but he'll take the pressure of the ball and gives depth to the roster.
He'll have to improve his shooting skills to not become a burden on the offensive side.
This pick will go down as a steal when Butler recovers from his injury.
The Heat here are gambling, and I think Wade will appreciate the gamble.
Even if Butler doesn't recover entirely from his injury, it won't be that big of a problem. He doesn't need to be the leading scorer or have all the clutch shots.
That's Wade's job.
But he has it in him. He has the mentality to be that kind of player. That doesn't go away with injury.
Wade will appreciate having another clutch player there with him. A clutch player that matured to be a senior in a team that faced great pressure in the NCAA tournament will make a quick impact on the team than many expect.
Analysis of the draft
The picks by the Heat weren't flashy. They were educated and precise.
They got a big man, a defender, a clutch shooter, and cap freedom.
Their comprehensive approach should be a sign to Wade that the team isn't panicking. They're not going to try and fix the team problem quickly or shoddily to try and entice Wade.
They are saying to him, "We appreciate your loyalty and commitment and we won't disrespect you by hurrying to a fix."