This week, 3-time NBA Champion, Dwyane Wade will clear waivers from the Chicago Bulls as they agree to buyout his contract and become free to sign with any team of his liking. Wade’s agent is currently taking calls from a number of teams but nothing more interesting than joining a buddy in today’s league, right?
According to Cleveland.com,
Dwyane Wade is leaning heavily toward the Cavaliers as his new team once he clears waivers and may have already decided on a reunion with LeBron James. With the western conference getting tougher and tougher with Carmelo officially being traded from the New York Knicks to the young and talented Oklahoma City Thunder, Wade most definityly should take joining forces one again with James seriously. With all the superstars mainly in the west now, what sense do it make for Wade to join a team in the eastern conference who would basically be trampled by LeBron and the Cavaliers.
Although, seems as LeBron and Wade may have already worked things out on what’s the plan for next season. League source outside of James’ circle with knowledge of Wade’s thinking told cleveland.com that Wade “has no intention of going anywhere else.” Sources close to James have long believed he would come to Cleveland in the event of a buyout.
Here is what LeBron had to say about Wade possibly joining him in Cleveland,
“I would love to have D-Wade a part of this team,” James said Monday. “I think he brings another championship pedigree, championship DNA. He brings another playmaker to the team who can get guys involved, can make plays and also has a great basketball mind.”
“I’ve talked to D-Wade throughout the whole summer and I will probably reach out to him as well, but it’s not up to me,” James said. “It’s up to D-Wade if he can clear waivers, it’s up to our front office. But I hope we can bring him here. I would love to have him here.”
To join the Cavs, Wade would likely have to take a pay cut. The Cavs would pay Wade the veteran’s minimum salary of a little over $2 million. The 12-time NBA All-Star only averaged just over 18 points per games last season and shot a poor 31% from behind the arch. Though, with Lebron on your side, those numbers would look totally different.
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