Dwyane Wade, the former three-time NBA champion, could be leaning towards signing with the Denver Nuggets after a contract impasse with Miami Heat, according to several sources.
Wade is reportedly not settling for anything less than $20 million per season, an amount that Miami Heat is unable to pay with only $19 million left in cap space.
Dwyane Wade headed to Denver?
According to ESPN’s Mark Stein, Wade’s representatives have reached out to Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets as two possible destinations. The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls were also pursuing Wade but seem to have exhausted their cap after the signings of Courtney Lee and Rajon Rondo, respectively.
Stein reported that Wade and Heat president Pat Riley are currently in loggerheads. “According to sources, Wade has grown frustrated with the Heat, as they prioritized Kevin Durant and Hassan Whiteside in free agency,” Stein wrote on Sunday.
A day after free agency began, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Chicago, Dallas, Denver and Milwaukee “started a courtship process that included offers in length of two and three years and upward of $20 million a season.” Wojnarowski also reported that Milwaukee Bucks were keen to offer Wade in excess of $20 million for three years since they have an abundant of cap space.
Is Wade a good fit?
SB Nation website Denver Stiffs argued that Wade wouldn’t’ be a good fit with Nuggets, who already have a loaded backcourt which was bolstered with the addition of Jamal Murray on draft night. “But why would Denver be interested in Wade? The Nuggets already have a loaded back court with young and promising players like Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Jamal Murray and they have two of their best players at the small forward position in Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler. So what gives?”
Mark Stein also concluded in his report that Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade are likely to reach a resolution. Remember, they underwent similar impasse last year before Wade agreed to go back to South Beach.