Although it was just recently announced that Dwyane Wade will miss the remainder of the regular season due to a small fracture in his elbow, some people have already started thinking about his decision come summertime.
With the multitude of issues the Chicago Bulls had throughout the season coupled with the lack of success, it’s not surprising that they believe the 35-year-old Marquette product will opt out of his contract and test free agency for the second consecutive year. There has also been growing belief that a reunion with the Miami Heat might happen especially with the mutual respect they have.
According to a piece written by Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, he got in touch with an NBA scout and exchanged some text messages with him. He asked what are the chances of Wade returning to Miami and discussed the team’s salary situation along with the emergence of Dion Waiters as a big-time player for them.
The scout believes the 14-year veteran will demand a maximum pay of $20 million per season and could potentially take a smaller amount depending on the fit he feels he’ll have with a team. He also added that he thinks the Heat will opt to take Waiters as he has more years left in him and has proven himself this season.
While it would be fitting for Wade to end his career with the team that drafted him, it’s not that easy to become reality as Pat Riley and company will need to make big decisions in the summer with the contracts of Waiters, James Johnson, and Willie Reed. All three of them are part of the rotation and have even started some games, which makes it almost a certainty that the team will extend an offer to them.
Should they be able to keep the same group of players, the only way they can have Wade once again is if he accepts an offer around $12-15 million. Another thing that should be taken into consideration is if he’s willing to come off the bench to allow the Goran Dragic-Waiters tandem to further flourish on the floor.
Wade’s chances of re-joining the Heat may seem very slim at this point, but stranger things have happened in the past, and with the Heat president being known to make things happen, it’s still not entirely impossible for the three-time champion to once again bring his talents to South Beach.