Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer. According to the latest report, Wade will consider reuniting with LeBron James in the Cleveland Cavaliers or rejoin the Miami Heat.
Dwyane Wade suffered a season-ending injury while the Bulls are battling for final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. As of now, they are in the 10th spot in the East and only two wins behind the No. 8 seed Miami Heat. The absence of Wade is undeniably a huge loss for the Bulls.
Their failure to enter the playoffs this season could also be a major factor in Wade’s decision this summer. He signed a 2-year, $47 million deal with a player option in the second year. In January, Wade told ESPN’S Nick Friedell that the outcome of the 2016-17 NBA season will affect his decision in the upcoming offseason.
With the Bulls’ current situation, it’s likely that Wade will test the free agency market again this summer. Steve Aschburner of NBA.com listed possible options of Dwyane Wade for next season. Will join LeBron James in Cleveland or return to Miami?
Dwyane Wade reunites with LeBron James in Cleveland
NBA fans are surely wanting to see the reunion of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Cleveland. James and Wade played together in Miami and won two NBA championship titles. Despite their intention to team up once again, James knew the Cavaliers can’t pay Wade. However, if Wade will be willing to take a pay cut this summer, James will surely push the Cavaliers to add him to their team.
Both superstars are already on the near end of their NBA career. They want to win more NBA championship titles as much as possible. However, as of now, the Cavaliers are focused on defending their title in the 2016-17 NBA season.
Returning to the Miami Heat
Last summer, Dwyane Wade didn’t really think of leaving the Heat. However, after being lowballed and less prioritized, the 12-time NBA All-Star decided to entertain offers from other NBA teams.
“When Wade’s statue is unveiled, it will be at AmericanAirlines Arena. He ranks arguably as the Miami market’s most successful and beloved athlete already and it would seem fitting for him to transition into retirement — with some future role for the franchise, perhaps — as a member of the Heat,” Aschburner said.
Wade spent 13 NBA seasons with the Heat and won three NBA championship titles. Despite his past dispute with Heat president Pat Riley, he surely wants to end his career in Miami. However, it remains questionable if the Heat is interested in bringing him back.
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