Alex Kennedy: Carmelo Anthony and Paul George have already started recruiting Dwyane Wade to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to sources.
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Alex Kennedy: Something worth noting: Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley haven’t fully repaired fractured relationship. They still haven’t directly communicated.
Barry Jackson: Yes, Heat has interest in Wade, per source. But would have to accept bench role and exception money. Wade would seem to have better options
Wade, 35, is a close friend to LeBron James and won two NBA titles with him when the two played for Miami Heat. A source close to James expects Wade to ultimately choose Cleveland, and ESPN is reporting the Cavs are the “clear” favorite to get him.
James and Wade spent a week working out together in Los Angeles earlier this month, and their personal friendship is well known.
The Cavs currently have a full roster and would have to waive or trade someone to sign Wade — which will cost them millions more in luxury taxes. Richard Jefferson is 37 and will make $2.5 million. He’d be a potential roster casualty in the event the Cavs and Wade come to terms.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Dwyane Wade gave back approximately $8M of his $23.8M salary to reach buyout agreement with Bulls, league sources tell ESPN.
Ramona Shelburne: Why would Bulls do a buyout for @Dwyane Wade ? @Bobby Marks tells me they’re only $2 million above the salary floor w/ full Wade salary. In other words, doesn’t actually help the Bulls to get $ back from Wade because they have to hit the salary floor anyway
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cleveland’s clear frontrunner with LeBron James, but Wade may take a little time to decide, league sources tell ESPN.
Alex Kennedy: Keep an eye on CLE and OKC. MIA is a possibility, but they seem to want Wade off the bench (and he wants to start).
Alex Kennedy: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have obviously talked throughout the summer. I’m told CLE has made it clear Wade would start if he signs.
Bobby Marks: What do teams have to offer Dwyane Wade? MIA: $4.2M SAS: $3.3M CLE: $2.5M OKC: $2.3M The minimum for Wade is $2.3M
KC Johnson: The Bulls and Dwyane Wade have reached agreement on a buyout, per sources.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Cleveland, San Antonio and Miami are leaders for Dwyane Wade post-Bulls buyout. OKC could become factor too.
Royce Young: As a few have pointed out, this is Dwyane Wade’s most recent like on Twitter:
Riley said what will endure are Wade’s accomplishment’s over his 13 seasons with the Heat, including three NBA titles. “Other than actually being in love with Dwyane Wade because of our relationship over 13 years when he was here, and remembering when Jason Terry missed that shot in Dallas and Dwyane collared the rebound, threw it to the heavens and we won the championship and he was MVP of that series,” Riley said of the 2006 NBA Finals, “other than that, if something happens, and I can speak to this because he’s under contract to them, I’m just speaking of my experience with Dwyane.”
All eyes will be on Wade as he enters his 15th season, with the 6-4 hometown kid’s stay in Chicago possibly nearing its end. After fellow guard Jimmy Butler was dealt to Minnesota in a draft-night trade, Wade — who had exercised his $23.8 million option for the 2017-18 season — made it known in his circles that he wanted a buyout. According to one source, however, he has not gone to the front office with that request. Don’t expect that to change. According to the same source, Wade is hoping the Bulls approach him first — with a suitable monetary amount.
The Heat would be interested in Wade under certain circumstances, including if he agrees to a bench role and if he would be willing to play for Miami’s $4.3 million exception.
“First of all, obviously, everyone wants to compete,” Wade said. “It’s no secret. We would all love to compete for a championship at the end of my career. That is one thing I would love to do. I’m not in a position right now to do that so I can’t talk about what that preference is. Hopefully, one day before I’m done playing this game, I can be back in position to compete for a championship.” Wade elaborated on his comments after Aldridge asked if he would like to be on another team that can compete for championships. “Definitely, definitely. It’s no secret. And everyone knows that. I’ve been lucky. I’ve been to five Finals. So If I never go to another one, I can’t complain. But I would love to,” said Wade. “I would love to because I feel I can add to something a team that’s in that position. That’s not something I can focus on or something I can worry about right now.”
Wade is prepared to report to the Bulls if a buyout can’t be reached, but league sources say he has started considering potential options in the event that he hits unrestricted free agency. While it’s far too early to label any team as a frontrunner to add Wade, sources close to the situation said that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat are two teams to watch as this unfolds.
Wade and his former teammate LeBron James are obviously still very close and Cleveland would give the 12-time All-Star his best chance to compete for a fourth title. If the Cavs were to land Wade, sources familiar with the situation said they would likely make him a starter and move JR Smith into a sixth man role.
Though ESPN reported that LeBron James’ camp expects Dwyane Wade to end up with Cleveland if he reaches a buyout with the Bulls, a Wade associate has been telling people that Miami and Los Angeles are also appealing destinations for Wade. Chicago media has reported recently that no Bulls buyout talks have happened yet with Wade, and it’s unclear when they will happen…The person who mentioned Miami and L.A. to me was the same person who first alerted me to my scoop a few years ago that Wade’s negotiations with the Heat were not going well – the first time that information ever surfaced (and a year later, the sides divorced).
While LeBron James is reportedly confident that old friend Dwyane Wade will ultimately join him on the Cleveland Cavaliers this coming season, some of Wade’s Chicago Bulls teammates might be happy to see him go. “The young players on the Bulls really can’t stand Dwyane,” ESPN’s Nick Friedell said on “The Jump” on Tuesday. “It’s no secret in Chicago, they have had enough.”
Will the Bulls and Dwyane Wade reach a buyout? Apparently, not only do people close to LeBron James believe it’ll happen, they have a read on Wade’s destination. Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com: “As of right now, people close to James are fairly confident that, at some point this year, Dwyane Wade is going to end up on the Cavs.”
Let the rumor mill continue to churn. Dwyane Wade’s children have moved back to south Florida to attend school, according to Miami radio host Andy Slater. Wade’s kids attended school in Chicago last year.
Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem has some advice – and a message – for his good friend, Dwyane Wade. “My advice to him is, ‘Hey, we’d love to have you but take it one step at a time, take it one day at a time,” Haslem said today on the Joe Rose Show on 560WQAM. “The situation with Chicago and everything that’s going on it’s just a frustrating situation on both sides and I think he just made a decision based on frustration.” Haslem, who is about to start his 15th season with the Heat, spent 13 of those with Wade. With speculation Wade and the Chicago Bulls are headed for a breakup via a buyout, Haslem is hoping to be reunited with his friend.
But with the Bulls rebuilding, nobody would be surprised if the Bulls and Wade agree to a buyout in January or February. Players who are on an NBA roster next season must be released by March 1 to be playoff-eligible with another team. While the Heat had no interest in bringing back Wade on a big-money deal, there likely would be Heat interest in Wade at a lower salary. Miami’s level of interest would depend, in part, on need at the time.
Miami is loaded at guard, with five veteran players, but has not ruled out a Wade return at some point. The Heat still has available a $4.3 million exception and could also sign any players to a minimum deal. Heat president Pat Riley said last week that he’s inclined to hold onto the exception but obviously did not mention Wade or any other player.
One person asked Waiters “is there enough space on @dionwaiters3 island for Wade County?” Responded Waiters: “Yu Damn right any day of the week.” Waiters then retweeted a picture of he and Wade standing side by side, as Heat teammates.
Wade is a lock to get bought out next season. The Bulls have cap space, but they also have a chance to step into the league’s tanking vacuum — especially if the Kings, after a great draft night, follow through on plans to chase big-money veteran free agents.
Vincent Goodwill: Pax on Wade: “We’ve studied teams who’ve rebuilt. You need veteran presence in the locker room. We’ve yet to talk to him but we will.”
Vincent Goodwill: Dwyane Wade is still taking his player option for $23.8 million next season, according to sources. The Jimmy Butler trade affects nothing
Alex Kennedy: Chicago’s decision to deal Jimmy Butler will impact Dwyane Wade’s decision regarding his player option, league sources confirm. No surprise.
Dwyane Wade has informed the Bulls that he will pick up his $23.8 million player option for next season. Team personnel have believed for several months that the 35-year-old would pick up the option because it was highly unlikely he would be offered that much money on the open market.
Vincent Goodwill: Sources: Bulls were informed by Dwyane Wade that he’s picking up his option for next season. Story to come
Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade is leaning toward picking up his $24 million player option to remain with the team next season, league sources told ESPN.com. Wade has until June 27 to inform the Bulls of his decision. After the season, sources said, Wade told the Bulls he had no interest in being part of a rebuilding situation, if they chose to deconstruct a team that gave the Boston Celtics a strong challenge in the first round of the playoffs this year.
Sources tell CSNChicago.com Wade hasn’t yet made a decision on next season and hasn’t informed the Bulls of anything yet, as he’ll continue vacationing for the next couple weeks before deciding his future. Wade met with Bulls management last week in the attempt to gauge where the franchise’s direction would be for next season. The Bulls hold the 16th pick in next week’s NBA Draft, and although they’ve met with Jimmy Butler, things still appear murky as to their long-term commitment to Butler and if they want to try to make inroads in the Eastern Conference with veteran reinforcements.
In that meeting, the Bulls were up front about the likelihood that they will stay the course as opposed to looking at the landscape of the East and making significant changes to the personnel, sources close to Wade tell CSNChicago.com. The Bulls gave the same speech to Butler in their last meeting when Butler came back to Chicago over a week ago, although one wonders if they’ll entertain trade discussions surrounding Butler next week with the draft approaching.
While the front office came out of a weekend meeting with Dwyane Wade with no official decision from the veteran guard on his 2017-18 $23.8-million player option, several teammates had a sense of the direction Wade was leaning. “He definitely sounds like a guy that’s coming back,’’ one Bulls player told the Sun-Times on Monday. “I just feel like when you’re talking about recruiting [potential free agents] and what you hope your [teammates] are working on [this summer], you’re in.’’
After sitting courtside in Cleveland for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade met with Bulls management in Chicago on Saturday for his season-ending player exit meeting, sources said. Similar to Jimmy Butler, Wade met briefly with management on April 29, the day after the Celtics eliminated the Bulls from the playoffs. Both sides agreed to meet more substantively after taking some time to decompress.
The meeting, which was described as positive and came on the heels of a similar meeting with Butler earlier last week, covered a wide variety of topics, including the possibilities for next year’s team, one source said. Wade has until June 27 to officially decide on his $23.8 million player option to return to the Bulls next season. The Bulls haven’t pressed Wade on his decision out of respect for the process. But the franchise has been preparing for Wade to opt in all along, and most league observers believe Wade will return.
And all I can tell you is most everyone associated with the Bulls believes Wade will pick up the option and remain in Chicago for a second season. More surprising things have happened in league history, though. So stay tuned. Wade’s player option decision is due by June 27 according to The Vertical’s Bobby Marks. Most previous reporting pegged it to June 30.
“One thing I can always say about being a free agent in any situation, you always got to go to your happiness,” Allen said Thursday morning at an event for his Ray of Hope Foundation. Wade has a player option worth $23.8 million to return to the Bulls next season, and he must decide what he will do with that option before the July 1 start of free agency. Allen’s use of the word “happiness” could mean a lot of things when it comes to Wade, like returning to Miami to play for the organization he spent the first 13 seasons of his NBA career with. “At the end of the day, whatever that dollar figure is, it does have an impact on your decision,” Allen said. “But I think at the end of the day, you have to choose where it is you’re going to be happy and where you think you’ll fit the most because 82 games is a long time to be in some place where you may not be happy or you may not feel like you fit.”
Eventually, Wade’s decision could come down to perceptions of the Bulls and Heat going forward. “I think with his situation, if they decide to get rid of Jimmy [Butler] and start young, it’s a little bit different,” said Haslem, who again returns to free agency this summer. “I think we had a lot of growing pains, but I think we grew up a lot last year. So if they decide to go young and start over, I think we will be a little bit ahead of those guys.”
Bulls guard Dwyane Wade wants to leave all his options open this summer as he decides whether he wants to pick up the player option he has for $23.8 million next season. “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. That’s sometimes being the second option. Sometimes I’m going to be the first. And sometimes this season, I had to be the third or fourth. It all changes, and you want to be the best at whatever role is presented to you. I’ve always been that way. It won’t change. That will always be me.”
“I don’t know,” Wade said. “I don’t really go with the signs. I’m not a predictable person I don’t think. But I don’t know, it’s not a bad thing for me. I’m in a good situation, whether there’s a lot of options or not, I’m in a very good situation to where as a player you can decide what you want to do. And I have a lot of money to decide whether I want to take it or not. It’s not a bad thing — because I’ve worked my butt off for it over my career. But no rush in my mind, I don’t have to think about that right now. I got at least a month before my mind starts going there. So I’m just going to get away and let my hair grow a little bit, get a tan.”
Carlos Douglas Jr.: Jimmy Butler on if he wants to remain in CHI, & continue playing with Rondo & D-Wade: “Absolutely. I want us to add to this core.” #Bulls
Carlos Douglas Jr.: Jimmy Butler on Dwyane Wade’s 23.8M Player option for next YR: “It’s his decision. When he’s ready to talk, he’ll let me know.” #Bulls
KC Johnson: Wade said he wants clear direction from organization. “I respect Gar and Pax.” Said management told him they want defined direction too.
For his part, Wade did not want to get into specifics regarding his decision after the game. “I have a lot of time,” Wade said. “I’m far away from that now; just got through this, 14th NBA season. It’s, for me, identified with championships. If I’m not winning a championship I’m never satisfied from that standpoint, but you take things out of it, you go back and look at the season and see what you could have done better individually. You put that [in the head] and go from there, so that’s what I will look at. I am not worried about my future because I know it’s basketball; I’m not really concerned with it now.”
“It’s tough in this league because a lot of it depends on how much money you’re willing to make,’’ Wade said then. “It depends on what city you’re willing to be in. So it’s a lot of variables to that. But no question about it, what happens throughout this year as I go into my summer, I’ll definitely take a look at it. I take my career seriously, where I am, where I want to be, and I will do the same thing this summer.’’ The Bulls were 22-23 when Wade said that. Did finishing 41-41 but making the playoffs change his mind? “Great question,’’ Wade said Sunday. “We’ll talk about that at the end of the year. Now we focus on Boston.’’
KC Johnson: (Dwayne Wade’s player option) decision is before July 1. We all know that, if the Bulls are gonna pull the trigger on Jimmy Butler, the trade is gonna happen the week of the draft, the week before his option decision is due. That will play a huge factor in what Dwyane decides to do.
Speculation is if the 35-year-old Wade decides he does not want to be part of the Bulls’ youth movement he will look to return to Miami. The Heat should have plenty of money in free agency this summer (around $40 million) to put aside some of it for Wade, but is that the direction they would want to go?
Jimmy Butler told members of the Chicago media the choice to return for $23.8 million “is weighing” on Wade, who is out for the rest of the regular season because of an elbow injury. “I still think he’s got a lot more basketball left if you ask me,’’ Butler said last week. “I think everybody knows that I really like the guy as a person. He’s taught me so much on the floor, off the floor, but that’s his decision. You’ve always got to do what’s right and not only for him but for his family. But that choice is weighing on him because it is a player option. “I tell D, ‘You do what you have to do.’’’
That led to a text exchange with an NBA scout who responsibilities include attaching salary-cap value to players. Q: “Quick question: If Dwyane Wade were a free agent this summer, what is the maximum salary you think he could receive from a team for 2017-18?” A: “$20 million.” Q: “Still?” A: You said ‘max.’ More likely 12 to 15.”
Q: “Do you think he will opt out?” A: “Interesting question. I say yes. At some point a few more million shouldn’t matter?”
That led to a text exchange with an NBA scout who responsibilities include attaching salary-cap value to players. Q: “Quick question: If Dwyane Wade were a free agent this summer, what is the maximum salary you think he could receive from a team for 2017-18?” A: “$20 million.” Q: “Still?” A: You said ‘max.’ More likely 12 to 15.” Q: “Do you think he will opt out?” A: “Interesting question. I say yes. At some point a few more million shouldn’t matter?”
“There’s been so much talk about bringing him back here. I’m trying to get a read.” A: “I spoke to somebody who hinted last night he might leave, but it was a vague notion.” Q: “Would you take him or Dion Waiters if both requested a three-year contract?” A: “Waiters. Longer shelf life. Do these return-to-glory scenarios ever work out? Rarely.”
While Heat fans might be hoping for a reunion this summer, it’s hard to imagine Miami offering anything close to the kind of guaranteed money Wade has on the table next season with the Bulls (he has a $23.8 million player option) if he decides to enter free agency. Although the Heat is expected to have roughly $39 million in cap space next season once it recoups the $25 million cap hit next season for Chris Bosh, Miami has several of its own players (Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Willie Reed) who are not under contract for next season and there’s a chance Pat Riley would prefer to keep those guys on the roster. That said, it’s clear there is still plenty of love between the Heat and Wade.
Ira Winderman: Let’s cut to the chase again with this. The only reason Dwyane Wade left was money, and what he perceived to be a lack of respect with the Heat’s contract offer in July. It had nothing to do with the Bulls’ playoff prospects or leading Chicago’s younger players. And while his efforts in the Chicago community absolutely are admirable and ongoing, that also was secondary to Pat Riley’s lack of participation in the process when it came to both entering the negotiations and acquiescing to an offer that Wade deemed commensurate with his contributions to the franchise. For all the quotes over the weekend indicating Dwyane’s frustration with the Bulls’ front office, there also were frustrations with the Heat’s front office. In fact, when you consider it, Dwyane would have been in an awkward position had he stayed and the Heat then moved forward with their approach with Chris Bosh, one of Dwyane’s closest friends.
But the team has been frustrating all year for Wade, and if he opts out of the last year of his two-year contract this summer, expect him to investigate other options. One would be those same Nuggets, who nearly convinced Wade to go to Denver last summer and offered him $52 million, more than the $47 million he accepted from the Bulls.
When asked if he felt the front office wanted him to return next season, thus picking up his option worth almost $24 million, Wade was noncommittal. “I don’t know,” Wade said. “I haven’t had that conversation about next season with the guys. I think we all understood when I came here I signed a two-year deal with a one-year [player] option. And both sides wanted it that way. And when that time came, no matter what the season or what teammates I had, it was going to be my option. I take my option seriously and I always look into what’s the best thing for me to do.
As Dwyane Wade watches the Bulls’ front office try and figure out the direction it wants to go for the future, the 35-year-old says he just wants to focus on what he can control and leave the personnel decisions to the executives. “I just want to play basketball,” Wade said before Friday’s overtime 128-121 win over the Phoenix Suns, his first in two weeks after sitting out two games because of a bruised wrist and a third because of an illness and the injury. “And do my best job as a player that I can do. Then from there, let them look at me and my talent and what I did and let me look where the team’s at and on what I did this season and go from there.”
This summer Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul will both become free agents – and New York can create enough cap space to sign one of them – but the Knicks’ predicament has turned Anthony’s longstanding dream into the pipe variety. Unless he leaves New York. “I don’t know where that would be able to happen. It’s always a dream,” he said. “They’re all in the same boat I’m in. It’s hard to think about something else when Chris is going through his surgery and (Wade) is going through what they’re going through in Chicago. I think it’s hard to start thinking about that at this point right now. I think everybody just needs a break, everybody is waiting for the break to decompress and re-evaluate.”
“All these players deserved the money they got,” Wade said. “My [gripe] is not with any of them. I love all of those guys. I’m sitting over here with my hands [open]. Everyone is talking the future, the future. My future is running out. I’m still a good player in this league. I’m not asking for something I don’t think I deserve…. Did my feelings get hurt some? Yes. At the end of the day, you have to make the best decision for you.”
“I wouldn’t lie to you and say no,” Wade said to reporters Tuesday. “Of course. I can’t play this game forever. I just turned 35 and I have a number in my head how long I want to play. At the end of the day you want to be in a situation where it’s a competitor situation, whatever the case may be. It’s tough in this league as well because a lot of that also depends on how much money you’re willing to make. It depends on what city you’re willing to be in. So it’s a lot of variables to that, but no question about it, what happens throughout this year, as I go into my summer, I’ll definitely take a look at it. I take my career seriously and where I am and where I want to be. And I will do the same thing this summer.”
“I mean the reason I said that was they asked me a question about going to the Cavs this summer, and I said, well I think they had like $2.4 million [for me],’’ Wade said to reporters Tuesday. “It ain’t that bad. It ain’t that bad for me now. I do have three rings. I mean I wasn’t willing to do that now. Not at all, not at this point. That’s what I meant. In the sense that when you’re a veteran guy, you’re older, some guys have taken those sacrifices. David West last year. He gave all of his money back to San Antonio. That’s something that he wanted to do. He wanted to put himself in position to win a ring. I have three, I’ve been in five Finals, so I don’t need to that.”
“But it is a time where you want to be on a team that can compete too, so it’s just a fine line between what you really want. This summer [signing with Cleveland was] not what I wanted.’’
“You just never know how it’s going to shake out,” Wade said Tuesday of the upcoming offseason. “Obviously I’m not happy being [23-23] or whatever the case may be or will be, but there are things I’m happy with. I’m happy with Jimmy [Butler’s] growth and our relationship. I’m happy with the organization and how they’ve approached things, but I’m not happy with our record. But no one on this team is. But it’s months away before I concern myself with that, so I’ll figure it out later.’’
KC Johnson: Wade talked about his future. Said he has number in his head how long he wants to play. Said many variables will affect his PO decision.
KC Johnson: Wade: “What happens throughout this year as I go into my summer, I’ll definitely take a look at it. I take my career seriously.”
Nick Friedell: Dwyane Wade, on if he’s concerned that the Bulls are just a .500 team, and they won’t be able to grow into more over the course of the season: “I do. I’m 35. I do get concerned. Of course.”
But after watching his team coast through parts of yet another loss, this time a 108-97 defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks, Wade brushed off the concern question, despite the fact the Bulls have lost five of their last seven games. “I’m not concerned,” Wade said. “I’ve been through everything; you might want to ask somebody else that. My 14th year, this is my first season here. I’m learning this team, learning these guys, so I’m fine. Obviously, it stings that what you see happen in the games you want to correct, but you got to go through the process, as we say. We’re learning how tough it is to win in this league, no matter if you’re on the road or at home.
Wade, in his 14th season, didn’t rule out the possibility of playing with James again at some point in his career, but he made it very clear how happy he was to be in Chicago. “I never thought I would play with LeBron,” Wade said. “I didn’t think it was a possibility at all. I enjoyed the All-Star Games, I enjoyed the Olympics, but I never thought that we’d play together. That’s why now I look with younger guys and what they say and stuff like that because you never know what the future’s going to hold for you. Just keep your comments to yourself on the future. So I would keep my comments on myself for whatever. For me, I’m here and I’m happy to be here but I was happy in Miami as well. It just happened. And you never know what happens in this game. So people should never say never on anything.”
“That’s not saying that I want to play with LeBron [again]. Let me clearly say that. That is not saying that I want to be somewhere that I’m not. That’s not saying that at all, but also I understand how this league works, how this thing goes, and people need to know just don’t say never, that’s all.”
So is there a realistic chance Haslem and Wade could be reunited? “I’m going to damn sure try,” Haslem told me. “I mean, I don’t know. I guess I’ve got to wait until next summer to see how that goes. But, I never give up without a fight. So there’s ain’t no time to start now.”
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Alex Kennedy: Carmelo Anthony and Paul George have already started recruiting Dwyane Wade to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to sources.