Dwyane Wade is yet to decide whether he will pick up the $23.8 million player option with the Chicago Bulls or become a free agent this summer. The 12-time NBA All-Star revealed that he plans to leave all his options open in the upcoming offseason.
“There’s so many different variables that come into play, especially for me at this point in my career,” Wade said after his exit meeting with the Bulls’ front office. “Like I said, I have a great luxury. I don’t need to ring-chase, but I can. It’s a great luxury to have if I want to do. Or I can be a part of passing down my knowledge to younger players. It’s either way. Whatever I decide, I’m going to embrace whatever role I have on a team.”
Despite his recent statement, Wade will surely prioritize joining a contender team rather than a rebuilding team. Here are the three potential destinations of Dwyane Wade this summer:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Since the last offseason, a reunion between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade continues to be part of various rumors. James will definitely welcome a reunion with Dwyane Wade in Cleveland. They played together in Miami and won two NBA championship titles.
If Wade wants to win another ring, Cleveland is undeniably the best destination this summer. However, having the highest payroll in the league, it remains questionable if the Cavaliers can afford to bring Wade to Cleveland. If Wade will accept a cheaper deal, James will surely take a pay cut to reunite with his close pal.
2. Miami Heat
Wade spent the first 13 seasons of his NBA career with the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, both sides decided to part ways last summer. Wade didn’t really intend to leave but after being lowballed, he decided to sign a two-year deal with his hometown team, Chicago Bulls.
Heat president Pat Riley regrets his decision to let Wade go. If he could turn back time, Riley said that he would give Wade a maximum contract rather than give it to Chris Bosh. If Wade decides to test the free agency market once again, Miami is expected to be one of the top destinations for the three-time NBA champion.
3. Chicago Bulls
Jimmy Butler urged the Chicago Bulls to bring Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade back next season. The Bulls will be the one deciding whether they will bring Rondo back or not. However, the case is different with Wade.
Wade revealed in the past that Butler is the main reason why he joined the Bulls. If they will trade him this offseason, he will likely opt out of his contract and become a free agent. Wade plans to talk to the Bulls’ management regarding the direction they want to take next season. Butler also plans to give Wade time to think about his decision before talking with him face-to-face.
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