The Lakers also have interest in Dwyane Wade and Tobias Harris, although filling out their front line is the club’s top priority.
On the Wade front, several Heat people are optimistic a deal will get done, even though Wade is expected to at least consider other options.
Along the way to free agency, Wade dropped some big hints that he isn’t happy with the Heat, which would have preferred for Wade to opt into his contract. He was set to make $16.1 million for next season. Wade now will seek a multiple-year deal with the Heat while also potentially exploring his options elsewhere. Two suitors might be the Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks.
Ramona Shelburne: Dwyane Wade will not pick up his player option for next year & instead become a free agent, source tells ESPN
Michael Wallace: Best read on Wade amid midnight option deadline is nothing's changed. Seems he'll let opt-in deadline pass and roll into free agency July1
As for Wade, rival executives are split on whether he and Riley will be able to reach a compromise that will keep him in Miami. One Western Conference executive told CBSSports.com there are strong indications Wade is gone, with Cleveland and the Lakers chief among his likely destinations. Another Western team, however, is betting on Riley to find the middle ground. "I don't see why they'd argue and fight after what they've both done for each other and for that franchise," the exec said.
Despite reports to the contrary, a source familiar with the situation told the Sun Sentinel on Monday night that there currently is no meeting scheduled between Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat as the clock ticks toward Wade's Monday opt-in deadline. In the wake of a previous ESPN report of such a meeting, a source close to the process said no such meeting between Wade and Pat Riley or other members of the Heat front office has been set.
Chris Mannix: While many execs still see Wade/Heat as contract saber rattling, a Wade option will be the Lakers. Mutual interest, per league sources. Hard to see LA offering Wade a better chance to win than Miami, especially in the West. But it is LA, and they do have money to burn.
On Tuesday before Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Dwayne Wade accidentally reminded the world that his future with the Miami Heat is uncertain. During the pre-game show, the star guard casually began a sentence with, “When I was in Miami … ” Was it a slip of the tongue? Semantics? Or did Dwyane Wade tip his hand and give viewers an announcement no one expected?
Dwyane Wade returned Tuesday to the NBA Finals in his part-time role as ABC analyst and briefly added fuel to the swirl regarding his impending opt-out decision with the Miami Heat. Asked about the elimination position the Cleveland Cavaliers found themselves in entering Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wade began an anecdote by saying "When I was in Miami, we had this saying . . ."
That’s why I don’t buy the argument, espoused by a local radio host, that the Heat has Wade over a barrel. Yes, there are no assurances that anyone would offer Wade more than what the Heat ultimately offers. But there will be solid offers for the best guard available in free agency. And Wade is under no obligation to take the highest offer. In fact, he could consider joining a top contender for less than Miami’s offer if he continues to feel the Heat isn’t treating him fairly. A friend has described Wade as upset with the Heat’s position and that he wants to feel like a priority.
August 13, 2022 | 2:04 am EDT Update
ClutchPoints: “From what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite [James] Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn.” @ramonashelburne on the Sixers’ reported interest in trading for Kevin Durant.
After speaking with children during the Jr. Celtics camp, Grant Williams was asked how he felt about the trade rumors involving Brown. Williams responded by talking about the business side of the NBA while also praising Brown’s mindset and value as a player. “I feel like JB is mature in his mindset, and he knows that. I talk to him, texted him, reach out of as often as I can. It’s one of those things. It’s the league. It’s a business. It’s one of those things that you can’t be discouraged by because we love JB. It also shows how valuable he is.”
Obviously, Durant is one of the greatest players of all time. Williams explained that Brown having his name mentioned as the potential centerpiece in a deal for Durant just shows how great the Celtics star is. “It kind of shows how valuable he is. The fact that, top-10 player in the world, you’re the focal point. It’s one of those things, I remember, back in the day with Al Jefferson and KG [Kevin Garnett]. It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘oh dang, Al Jefferson.’ It’s not even like a difference,” said Williams.
“I think he’s going to approach it even better. He’s going to take it with a competitive mindset, too. So, if it doesn’t work out, which, I don’t know what it is or not, I’m not involved in none of those processes,” stated Williams. “But I think that he’s going to come back with a chip on his shoulder, and I love that. Because I know how JB responds, and he’s going to be very, very, very, very secure because he’s secure of himself and he’s secure of what he’s going to be.”
Green then admitted that it’s usually him who takes the high road. Curry and Thompson don’t always clap back, so when they do, Dray knows that he has to take a step back in order to avoid an escalation: “That’s just not how we roll,” Green said. “So I usually do the majority of the talking most the time. It either leads to us having a conversation and discussing what I think and what they think and how we can figure it out. If it’s in a heated battle, a heat-of-the-moment situation and I’m like ‘Klay stop shooting the ball’ and he cuss and yell back, then we just keep it pushing and I run on and he run on. Or if I say something to Steph and he gets mad and snaps back every two blue moons then he says something back and I just run off and go about my day.”
It was at this point where Wade decided to drop a shocking truth bomb about how the hatred for the Heat was racially motivated: “We knew that some of the hate was because of our skin color,” he claimed. “Because of being Black men and deciding to control the fate of our careers. … So, when we had the power, when we had the moment, we took it. But some of the hate came because we were three Black guys who decided and changed the way that the NBA probably would ever be because of that decision.”
Dwyane Wade recently made a guest appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & The Three podcast, and it was an opportunity for the Heat icon to get brutally honest with his thoughts on why their Big 3 garnered so much hate. Wade was quick to point out that the way they teamed up to win a title wasn’t much different from how other iconic teams did it in the past (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter): “If you think about it, no one gives backlash to any championships that Larry Bird won, that Magic Johnson won, that Michael Jordan won,” Wade said. “… You don’t win championships without playing with other guys that are great, first of all.”
Clutch Points: Brandon Jennings has some thoughts on the state of today’s NBA… 🤔 Jennings mentions that he feels Chris Paul and LeBron James were among those who contributed to turning the NBA into a “player’s league,” which has hurt the league. (via @Tuff__Crowd) pic.twitter.com/0fKrdStGsK