Dwyane Wade has been one of the household names in the Association since making his professional debut with the Miami Heat way back then in the start of the 2003-04 campaign, being one of the most influential and determinant players in the history of the franchise.
Winning all three Championships with the Heat, the standout shooting guard decided to leave the team as he felt disrespected by a lousy offer sheet Pat Riley offered him the past offseason, deciding to play with his hometown squad: The Chicago Bulls.
Needless to say, that experiment didn’t work out very well, and even though Wade had a pretty decent season (especially considering his age) there’s absolutely no doubt that he needs to get out of here if he wants to retire as a Champion.
Besides, with the Chicago Bulls entering rebuild mode and most likely tanking for most of the season, and Wade stating that the lone reason to opt out on his deal was the money, the most logical thing to do for both parties right now would be to negotiate a contract buyout to let the Flash leave the team.
So today, we’ll let you know about the top 6 destinations for Dwyane Wade if (when) he gets bought out by the Chicago Bulls.
6. Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets would actually be on the position to offer Wade a mid level contract, while also giving him the possibility to play alongside his long time buddy Chris Paul and perhaps even another guy of his squad, Carmelo Anthony.
And, with James Harden leading the way and he getting a big paycheck at the end of the month, this would be one of the best destinations for the 12 time All-Star, as the Rockets have surged as one of the most threatening teams in the Western Conference.
5. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are expected to trade Danny Green anytime soon, leaving them a bit shorthanded in the Shooting Guard position and in the need of a proven veteran like Dwyane Wade, a 3 time All Defensive Team member that could make up for some of their defensive liabilities with Green gone.
Besides, with his minutes taken to a minimum, he would definitely be constantly fresh and without those nagging pains and injuries that have bothered him over the last couple of seasons, and the Spurs are always a prime target if you intend to win a ring.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder
It’s now or never for the Oklahoma City Thunder and they demonstrated it with the trade that sent both Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Paul George, entering win – now mode but still needing a lot of help to succeed in the fierce Western Conference.
Of course, his arrival would represent some spacing concerns with him, Westbrook and Roberson not being reliable shooters from distance, but if they manage to convince him to lead the team’s second unit, the Thunder would be on a legit position to be Championship contenders.
3. Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks currently have one of the most impressive and promising young cores in the Association featuring Jabari Parker, Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton and of course, Giannis Antetokounmpo, a rising star that might as well carry this team on his back on his way to a successful postseason run.
Wade could actually provide them a much needed veteran presence to take the young Bucks to another level, and considering how weak the Eastern Conference is at this point and the fact that Kyrie Irving may leave the Cavs, the Bucks might knock down the table and even reach the Conference finals.
2. Miami Heat
Wade might as well call it just water under the bridge and go back to the spot where he thrived the most and won his 3 rings, the Miami Heat, helping the team rebuild on this new project and playing alongside Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside.
He’s definitely the most important player in the history of this franchise, and he knows Erik Spoelstra’s system better than anyone, so it would make a lot of sense for him to try and help the Heat go back to contention after a failed stint elsewhere.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
And of course, we get the Cleveland Cavaliers as the best spot for him to land, considering the Cavs are still the best team in the Eastern Conference, and that he would once again play alongside the guy he had the best and most successful years of his career: LeBron James.
Wade would either thrive alongside Kyrie or just play on his spot if the Cavaliers wind up dealing him, and he would definitely make up for a lot of the points Cleveland would need if they deal their All-Star point guard, while also giving him the opportunity to win another Championship before deciding to retire.