Miami Heat stalwart Dwyane Wade has agreed to meet with a bevy of suitors while contract negotiations with the Heat have stalled. One very intriguing option for the three-time NBA champion is a reunion with his banana boat buddy LeBron James in Ohio.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are fresh off their first NBA title, but Cavs general manager David Griffin and company aren’t taking their collective foot off the gas pedal. Rumor has it, the team is looking to strengthen its roster by adding Wade.
Forbes noted that Wade could see the Cavaliers as his only real shot at winning another championship or two before he retires from the NBA. The 34-year-old Chicago native is approaching his 14th season in the league and isn’t getting any younger.
Dwyane Wade to Replace JR Smith in The Land?
Numerous knee problems slowed down the All-Star guard in the past, but showed a resurgence in the 2015-16 season. He averaged 19.0 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Despite Wade’s age and attrition, the Cavaliers would no doubt be a scarier team with him aboard. However, the Dwyane Wade to Cavaliers scenario still depends on what will happen to JR Smith in free agency.
For his timely contributions during the team’s successful championship run this past season, the sharp-shooting guard is groomed for a large pay increase this offseason. Many expect Smith to re-sign with the Cavaliers, but there’s still a chance the mercurial scorer may choose to leave.
Smith might leave the Cavaliers to play for a team who will offer him more playing time and a bigger paycheck. There’s no guarantee Smith will be have the same minutes he had last year once Iman Shumpert returns healthy next season.
As of the moment, the Cavaliers have many mouths to feed and aren’t as financially flexible as the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers. Both teams are in dire need of an explosive shooting guard and are eager to pay handsomely for Smith’s services.
If Smith decides to leave, the Cavaliers must act quickly to lure in Wade. Miami Herald reported that aside from Cleveland and Miami, other teams that have been granted a meeting with Wade. The Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks are also eyeing the veteran guard.