It was a down season for the Miami Heat franchise, which missed out on the postseason for the first time since 2008. But those who follow the team know the Heat are primed for a big postseason run this year in perhaps the final year of Dwyane Wade’s eventful Miami Heat career.
Wade, 33, missed 48 games the past two seasons but signed a one-year, $20 million deal that benefits both the Heat and Wade entering the new campaign. Considering fellow superstar Chris Bosh missed half of last season due to a blood clot on his lung, Wade, Bosh and the Heat brass believe the 2014-15 campaign was an anomaly and that they’ll have no issues getting back to the playoffs in the upcoming year.
In addition to hoping the team receives full, healthy seasons from Wade and Bosh, the Heat locked up trade deadline acquisition Goran Dragic, drafted NCAA Champion forward Justise Winslow out of Duke, re-signed Luol Deng, and signed free agent Amar’e Stoudemire. With the emergence of center Hassan Whiteside, the Heat have as formidable a team as any in trying to surpass former Heat star LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.
Without knowing Wade’s future after this season plays out, this may very well be the final season for Wade in a Heat uniform, as Miami may not want to commit more years and money to a 34-year-old shooting guard who’s best years are behind him. Wade, however, is the most decorated player in franchise history, winning three NBA championships, an NBA Finals MVP (2006), and is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.
Until then, the Heat are focused on the 2015-16 season and the road ahead. With the season approaching, below are some of the most expensive Heat tickets on the secondary market, with information provided by SeatSmart.com.
1/11/2016 | Golden State Warriors vs. Miami Heat | Oracle Arena | Average Price: $704.89 | Get-in Price: $66
3/19/2016 | Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | American Airlines Arena | Average Price: $329.02 | Get-in Price: $104
12/5/2015 | Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | American Airlines Arena | Average Price: $327.52 | Get-in Price: $102
2/28/2016 | New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat | Madison Square Garden | Average Price: $251.42 | Get-in Price: $50
The Golden State Warriors are becoming every team’s must-see game after their impressive 2014-15 campaign that resulted in an NBA Championship, not to mention their star point guard Stephen Curry winning the NBA’s MVP award. The Heat’s game on the road against the Warriors is the most expensive Heat game on the secondary market, having an average ticket price of $704.89 and a get-in price of $66.
The next two most expensive games are at American Airlines Arena when the team hosts James and Cavaliers. As Heat fans know, welcoming back James is a celebration of sorts for the two NBA championships won during his stint with the team from 2010-2014. Cavaliers tickets are always in high demand considering their star power these days, and the same will certainly hold true on the two occasions that LeBron returns to South Beach.
Another game to circle on the calendar is in February when the Heat travel to New York to face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. With the Heat and Knicks both improving during the offseason, these two franchises may be battling for playoff position late in the year. Carmelo Anthony and Wade can possibly add another entertaining chapter to the long history between the two franchises. Additionally, while tickets may be pricey for this affair at MSG, fans can at least save on their NYC parking from ParkWhiz.com, which has spots available all around the arena starting from just $10.