LeBron James’ new three-year, $100 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers includes a no-trade clause. Dwyane Wade’s two-year, $47.5 million deal with the Chicago Bulls does not.
There have been talks that the former Miami Heat duo would reunite at some point to increase their championship total together. LeBron won’t be leaving Cleveland any time soon. It would be Wade who would need to jump ship.
Nicholas Gonzalez of Sir Charles In Charge noted that the Cavaliers have not had a pleasant offseason. Valuable role players such as Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov have signed elsewhere, while Kevin Love’s five-year, $113 million contract has prevented the team from filling its bench with adequate talent.
Tristan Thompson, who is a natural power forward, is now the team’s primary center. He is aided by aging veterans Chris Andersen and Channing Frye. The situation in the point guard spot is even more severe. Kyrie Irving’s backups are NBA newbie Kay Felder and 33-year-old journeyman Mo Williams.
The Cavaliers could also lose JR Smith this offseason. The mercurial scorer has yet to re-sign with the team. David Griffin and company are still weighing their options as Smith is asking for a contract that would pay him $15 million per season, Cleveland.com reported.
One of the immediate ways the Cavaliers can improve its roster is through a blockbuster trade. Kevin Love will most likely be the odd man out and rumors have circulating that Dwyane Wade might be dealt before the trade deadline in February. If the team would be unable to secure JR Smith this offseason, expect the Wade speculation to escalate until early 2017.
For the meantime, the three-time NBA champion is eager to make a good first impression in Chicago. After signing with his hometown team this summer, Wade recently rented a Queen Anne-style mansion about 15 minutes away from the United Center. The house has seven bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and was even featured in ABC’s hit 1980s sitcom “Webster,” as per Chicago Business.
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