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Report: Wade, upset with Heat prioritizing Whiteside and Durant, wants $50M over two years -- so not Cavaliers

Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 19: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat reaches to save the ball from going out of bounds in the fourth quarter against Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 19, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat won 104-98. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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The Heat’s stated top offseason priority was Hassan Whiteside. Their reported top offseason priority was Kevin Durant.

And then there’s Dwyane Wade.

With Whiteside locked up on a max deal and Durant headed to the Warriors, Miami is still haggling with Wade.

The Heat reportedly offered Wade a two-year, $40 million contract. He wants more.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Dwyane Wade’s representatives have told teams that the All-Star is seeking a deal around $50 million over two years, currently leaving the salary cap-strapped Miami Heat short, sources told

Wade, who was upset with the Heat prioritizing free agents Hassan Whiteside and Kevin Durant, has pushed the Heat to increase their $20 million per season offer, sources said.

Though there have been rumors of Wade having talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers, there is no traction between the parties, sources said.

I don’t blame Wade for pushing for more money. The greatest player in Heat history, he has taken discounts for years. There always seemed to be an implicit promise of a bigger payday down the road, and it hasn’t come. How much longer should the 34-year-old with bad knees wait?

The Heat can’t offer Wade $50 million over two years right now, but they have a simple route to accommodating him: Trade Josh McRoberts. Clearing McRoberts’ salary from the books would allow Miami to give Wade a two-year, $50,117,407 contract -- and match Tyler Johnson’s offer sheet from the Nets.

McRoberts’ injury issues might make him a negative asset, but the Heat can attach a draft pick to move him. They’ve already traded so many, but at a certain point, they have to find a way to pay Wade.

It might not be the Cavs or Bucks, but Wade will find a team to pay him if Miami won’t.