Sorry, I have to keep this short because i'm on the way out to work, but I thought I'd fill everyone in on the talk going on down her in steaming Miami. And I apologize for not having some kind of link, but I heard this on the radio.
There is talk of a rift between Pat Riley and Dwyane Wade. I hope everyone has heard Wade's recent comments about not being content with first- round playoff exits. He wants to contend for titles as he enters his prime years, and obviously would like the Heat organization to get him some talent to play with. Well, the talk is now that Riles and D-Wade have a rift going. Pat Riley has told Wade he will not pursue anyone or sign any significant help until Wade himself re-signs with the team. This obviously has Wade upset. He wants to stay with the Heat, but as he put it, a "wound has been opened". He has no personal problems with Riley, but he feels they are on opposite ends of the table at the moment. Again, nothing personal, but obviously at odds in the basketball/ business aspect.
It looks like a staring contest in the making, and if Riley is smart, he'll blink first because Wade IS the franchise player and seems to have the leverage in this situation. Wade wants help, but Riley won't give it to him until he knows the future of his superstar is secure in Miami. Again, not a huge development, but definitely something to keep track off with Wade's impending free agency next year. Now, the possibility of Wade leaving Miami is greater, and perhaps a glimmer of hope that he'll end up in his hometown.
Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope Riley's ego gets in the way of solving the issue, opening the door for Wade's exit.