After all the hustle and bustle of the NBA offseason comes to a relative close, there still seems to be a few loose ends that may need to be tied up before the beginning of the 2017-18 NBA season.
One of those loose ends involves current Chicago Bull shooting guard Dwyane Wade, who made his homecoming to Chicago only last season, teaming up with Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler.
Now, heading into next season, both Rondo and Butler have moved on from the team, leaving Wade as the last man standing. Reports state however that Wade may be trying to force a buyout with the franchise so he too can move on.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, an associate of Wade “has been telling people” the 35-year-old could end up in Miami or Los Angeles this season if the Bulls buy him out.
Before that news broke, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com previously reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers were also in the running for Wade’s services.
Vardon stated that people within LeBron James‘ camp are “fairly confident” Wade will eventually sign with the Cavs, whether that be before next season or sometime in the future. The two also paired up back in 2010 on the Miami Heat, winning two championships in 2012 and 2013.
The idea that Wade could eventually return back to where it all started in Miami has been thrown around since the midway point of last season, and Wade’s former teammate, Udonis Haslem even stated that he “would love to have him back.” The Los Angeles rumor is a new one, however.
Jackson didn’t specifically state whether Wade would prefer a move to the Lakers or Clippers, only that a move to Los Angeles itself was on the cards. When you factor in Wade’s age though, the Clippers, who haven’t missed the playoffs since 2012, seem like the more likely option, but you can never count the Lakers out when it comes to big names.