Dwyane Wade is the biggest loser of the NBA offseason.

Dwyane Wade needs a hug.

Well, not really. Wade is a multi-millionaire who has won 3 NBA rings and is marrying Gabrielle Union. He doesn’t need your pity.

That being said, Wade is far and away the biggest loser in this month of NBA free agency.

As rumors swirl and contracts get offered, as LeBron James and Chris Bosh evaluate their best options, Wade remains sitting on the sidelines, hoping for the best.

What more can he do? He did everything the Heat and Pat Riley asked him to, everything he thought was needed to bring the Big 3 back together for one more run, and now he’s in limbo.

Wade sacrificed, too. The Heat asked him to opt out of the remaining two years of his deal and $41.8 million guaranteed money so they could spread his cap hit out over a longer period of time. He did that, a nice gesture, even though it’s assumed the Heat promised Wade he wouldn’t lose any money over the course of the deal.

But the thing is, he will lose money. Wade would have made $41.8 million over the next two years, then could have re-signed with the Heat or somewhere else for more money. The Heat will most likely offer Wade a front-office position after he retires, to keep things in the Heat family and to keep him earning money into the future, but he still did the Heat a solid by opting out.

But then to watch what happened after, it couldn’t have felt good for Wade. He watched as every team in the league courted LeBron James and Chris Bosh got a max offer from the Rockets. No such offers were made to Wade.

The thing is, Wade was brilliant for much of last season. The Heat rested him often, trying to keep him healthy for the playoffs, and the gambit worked right up until the Heat ran into the Spurs buzzsaw. People say Wade fell apart in the Finals, but EVERYONE on the Heat minus James fell apart in the Finals.

Written by Catfish Hughes

Catfish Hughes

Frank “Catfish” Hughes has been called, “Bob Knight’s Baby with Hip Hop that covers sports.” and “the future of sports writing!” He is an official member of the NSSA & USBWA. Catfish covers the Los Angeles Angeles as the official East Coast Voice of the Lakers, and owns the NBA media outlet, WickedJumpShot.com and was the host of Thru the Wire Sports Talk Radio which aired on both ESPN Radio and Fox Sports Radio. Catfish is the head editor and chief here at the Boxing Globe. @CatfishHughes on twitter.