Dwyane Wade remains the only marquee free agent still on the board. The 12-time all-star and Miami are at a contract impasse with Heat unable to offer Wade a two-year, $50 million contract. The Denver Nuggets have swooped in and are willing to offer Wade the desired sum.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that Wade isn’t willing to accept Miami’s two-year offer of $40 million. Heat president Pat Riley is strapped for cap room after signing Hassan Whiteside to a four-year max contract.
Windhorst reported that the Nuggets and Chicago Bulls, Wade’s hometown team, have been persistent in their efforts to land the 2006 Finals MVP. Remember, the Nuggets and Bulls are both working with a lot more cap room than Miami and are in a better position to sway Wade.
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The Nuggets have a promising young squad which includes Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried, Nikola Jokic, Jusuf Nurkic, Jamaal Murray, Will Barton and Danilo Gallinari. Add Wade to that core and Denver are sure to become a legitimate playoff threat in the West.
The Milwaukee Bucks, the other team vying for Wade, could reportedly clear only $17 million in cap room. Therefore, Wade and his representative have cancelled a meet with Milwaukee, per sources.
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Windhorst, a very close ally of LeBron James, also ruled out the possibility of Cleveland Cavaliers making a run at Wade. “Though there have been rumors that Wade is talking to the Cleveland Cavaliers, there is no traction between the parties, sources said.
“Wade and Cavaliers free agent LeBron James were very publicly vacationing together last week, but sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that James is not actively recruiting him to play in Cleveland,” added Windhorst, also ruling out a potential sign-and-trade for Wade.
The Nuggets won 33 games last season under coach Mike Malone. Will Dwyane Wade accept Denver’s offer?