Dwyane Wade wants to get paid.

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The Miami Heat hold all the leverage.

And now the story heightens on this first day of free agency with a report by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski indicating not only that Goran Dragic will re-sign with the Heat for $90 million but that Wade is “pursuing a max contract.”

The question is one of duration.

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If the 33-year-old Wade is willing to sign a one-year deal at the $23.5 million expected maximum, the Heat can maintain cap flexibility for next summer when the likes of Kevin Durant could become available in addition to re-signing young center Hassan Whiteside before signing Wade to a new, affordable deal to finish out his career. They would, however, incur significant luxury tax penalties with the current structure of the roster.

If Wade is searching for a maximum contract spanning more than one season, things could get tricky for Miami to retain the 11-time NBA All-Star. There’s also the question of whether they should, considering NBA Insiders don’t think another team will offer him anything in the realm of that type of money.

Not helping matters is a player like DeMarre Carroll reportedly receiving $60 million over four years from Toronto.

Update: Wade and the Heat are making progress.

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