With the recent news of a Dwyane Wade buyout from the Chicago Bulls, teams have been clamouring to sign the 12-time All-Star, who is now considered a free agent.
Four teams have immediately come to the forefront of reports, with each team offering a chance of a championship bar one.
The San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and after the Carmelo Anthony deal, Oklahoma City Thunder, have all reportedly enquired about the shooting guard’s services.
Sources: Cleveland, San Antonio and Miami are leaders for Dwyane Wade post-Bulls buyout. OKC could become factor too.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 25, 2017
When you consider all four teams, every single one of them would make sense for Wade to sign with them.
The Cavs have been championship contenders ever since LeBron returned, and reuniting 2/3rd’s of the Miami Heat Big 3 will surely help them compete against whoever comes out of the West, most likely Golden State again.
The Spurs are perennial title contenders, and a duo of Wade and Kawhi, with Gay coming off the bench will definitely help the Spurs if they happen to meet the Warriors in the playoffs again, especially if Leonard can stay away from Zaza.
After the Carmelo Anthony trade, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been thrust into the upper echelon of Western Conference teams, with a big three consisting of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Anthony himself. Add Dwyane Wade to that, and it’s hard to argue that OKC won’t finish near the top in the West, even if ball movement will be an issue.
Finally, even if the Miami Heat aren’t a contender compared to the previous three teams, they still hold a special place in Wade’s heart. Wade spent the first 13 years of his career in Miami, and he could prove to be a great locker room presence for the developing Heat squad, much like Udonis Haslem has been for them in the past.
Wade won’t be demanding a lot in terms of a contract, as the four teams mentioned above don’t have a lot of money to splash on him. Miami can offer him the most ($4.2 million), whereas the Spurs ($3.3 million), the Cavs ($2.5 million) and the Thunder ($2.3 million) can offer him considerably less.
Wade is expected to make his decision within the next few days, with the Cavaliers and Thunder leading the race for the 35-year-old, mostly due to the influence of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony respectively.