Dwyane Wade had considered the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Heat, league sources said. Wade hasn’t ruled out the idea of a future return to Miami, but his desire to join a contender outweighed the sentiment of a Heat reunion, league sources said. Wade has reconciled his Miami relationships after a difficult free-agent parting in 2016, sources said.
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Shams Charania: Sources: Dwyane Wade has been formally placed on NBA waivers by the Bulls, clears waivers on Wednesday.
“Everybody knows how I feel about Dwyane, how my relationship is with Dwyane,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Having worked together and grown close for 13 years, I love Dwyane. He’s a brother of mine. He’s a brother to a few guys in that locker room. He’s a brother to all of us in this organization.”
“My focus is on this group,” Spoelstra said Monday morning, before the official announcement of the Chicago buyout. “That’s not even official. It can’t be a thought in my mind right. Ultimately that will be a decision of Pat, Andy.”
“He understands what my position is, he understands what my feelings are, but he also understands that as a brother I will support whatever decision he makes,” Haslem said Monday at Heat media day. “My heart, my soul, my mind and everything that’s speaking to me says I want him here, we want him here.”
Udosnis Haslem: “Oviously that’s a decision he has to make and I will support that decision whatever it is, whether it’s in Miami, OKC or Cleveland, I will support whatever decision he makes. I would hope it would be here. It would be a dream come true.”
Barry Jackson: Dragic: “Hopefully (wade) comes back home. This is his home.”
Ira Winderman: Udonis Haslem confirms he has spoken to Dwyane Wade about a reunion with the Heat.
Anthony Chiang: Heat spokesman says because Dwyane Wade buyout is not official yet, team is limited in what they can say about him. So, keep that in mind.
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
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).
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
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Cleveland, San Antonio and Miami are leaders for Dwyane Wade post-Bulls buyout. OKC could become factor too.
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.”
With all the whispers of him being bought out by the Chicago Bulls … we had to ask when we got D-Wade and Gabrielle Union leaving Catch in L.A. Wade played it super coy — just like when we asked about a potential LeBron reunion — but he also couldn’t stop cheesin’ … which kinda makes us think he’s heard from ex-Heat bro, Udonis Haslem. Hard to say which way he’s leanin’ … but the NBA superstar does still call South Beach home, FYI.
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.
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).
On Saturday, Haslem reiterated his desire to see Wade return to Miami, the city where he played his first 13 years in the NBA before bolting for Chicago. Wade exercised the option in his contract this summer and will earn $23.8 million. But speculation began immediately of a buyout that would allow the 35-year-old Wade to sign with any other team.
“I would love to have him back, everybody knows that,” Haslem said. “Not only is he a great competitor, great teammate I learned a lot from but also a friend of mine, I consider him a brother. I just want Dwyane to be happy. This is the last lap for us both. We deserve to finish it the right way. Whatever makes him happy finishing his career. … hopefully it’s in Miami. I would love for it to be Miami. I want him to finish it right and have no regrets.”
“We talked about finishing our careers together,” Haslem said. “We really want it to be the case. Plans change. So if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t put any strain on our relationship but it’s still a goal of mine. Hopefully we can end it that way.”
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.
The respect has endured through the departure and assuredly would be there if there is a return. Hassan Whiteside said as much Saturday when the discussion turned to a possible Miami Heat reunion with Dwyane Wade. “It’d be great,” Whiteside said at a fundraiser for his Whiteside Foundation. “It’s a three-time NBA champion coming back, coming in and really helping a team out. It would be great.”
Ellington, who joined the Heat in the wake of Wade’s departure, said he appreciated the talk of a potential Wade return, well aware of the respect in South Florida from Wade’s first 13 NBA seasons. “Obviously this is something that D-Wade helped build,” the 3-point specialist said, “so obviously this city and us as a team being able to have somebody like that on our team would be amazing.”
Ira Winderman: Hassan Whiteside on a possible Wade return: “It’d be great. It’s a three-time NBA champion coming back, coming in and really helping.”
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.
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.”
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?
“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.
Wade’s former trainer, Tim Grover, fueled further speculation about an eventual reunion for Wade and the Heat while making an appearance on FS1’s “UNDISPUTED” on Oct. 19. While discussing several NBA topics with Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless, Grover expressed his belief that Wade will end up coming back to the Heat. Grover made it clear that he hasn’t had any discussions with Wade or Riley, but stated that he has “a gut feeling” that Wade “will finish his career in Miami.”
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