NBA rumors are in full swing now and the chances of Dwyane Wade playing for a team other than the Miami Heat next season keep getting bigger by the day.
One of the biggest names on the NBA free agency market, Dwyane Wade, may be close to signing a new contract. This time though, it might be with another team.
After meeting with the 34-year-old Miami superstar in New York, the Denver Nuggets believed they have a 50-50 chance at signing Dwyane Wade as a free agent, according to people familiar with the situation.
According to NESN, the Miami Heat reportedly offered Wade a two-year, $40 million contracts Monday, but the Denver Nuggets, who are set to meet with Wade on Wednesday, have upped the ante with a $52 million deal. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported earlier that Denver Nuggets’ offer was “north of $50 million.” However, Stein said that the league still expects Wade to return to Miami Heat.
The Nuggets' two-year offer to Dwayne Wade is north of $50 million, according to league sources, with Denver still hopeful Wade accepts it.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 6, 2016
Wade was originally planning to remain with the Heat, unfortunately, he was upset with the team’s managing strategy, which making high priorities in free agency market, specifically the re-signing of free agent center Hassan Whiteside and the team’s effort to sign Oklahoma City superstar Kevin Durant.
The Heat previously made a two-year, $40 million offer to Wade, but the Heat guard has made it clear that he feels he is worth $25 million annually, which his team currently can’t afford at that time due to salary cap restrictions.
On the other hand, the Denver Nuggets have a large amount of cap space and eager to sign the Miami Heat superstar at his asking price. The Sun Sentinel wrote earlier that Wade has met with Nuggets owner Josh Kroenke, general manager Tim Connelly, and head coach Michael Malone in New York City. If money could really talk for Wade and then Denver is the only team in the NBA he is looking for, one that can offer him the kind of contract he really wants.
In addition to the Denver Nuggets, the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls are also on the hunt for Wade’s services and reports said that neither team can offer the Miami guard the money he really wants. But both teams are reportedly doing their best to lure the Miami star to their respective teams.
Rumors are swirling around the web that Milwaukee swingman Khris Middleton has met with Wade. While Bulls players Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo have reportedly lobbied for Wade to sign with the Chicago Bulls.
Wade does have strong ties with both cities, Wade is a Chicago native and has played his college basketball in Milwaukee. This is apparently one big factor that is contributing for Dwyane Wade to get more serious to those teams. Wade currently has three NBA Championships title, so his current status appears to be focused more on earning huge amount of money than on winning an NBA title. Bottom line here is money talks, the biggest offer always win.
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