The San Antonio Spurs were rumored to be one of the frontrunners for Dwyane Wade’s services. However, that situation changed.
After Dwyane Wade’s buyout with the Chicago Bulls, rumors floated of teams with interest in him. This includes the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Miami Heat. All three provide interesting situations for him as the 2017-18 nears. However, one team looks like the frontrunner.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Wade is closing in on a commitment with the Cavaliers, which could happen on Wednesday. It’s to reunite him with LeBron James.
Wojnarowski notes Wade “considered” the Spurs, so they are seemingly out of the mix, despite the real interest. That’s along with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat. Wade wants to join a contender, so couple that with LeBron in Cleveland, and it leads to him heading to the state of Ohio.
Wade on the Spurs would have been interesting. The team has a bevy of options to play the shooting guard position, along with a full roster. Does this prevent someone from being on the chopping block? What about a trip to the G-League for one of the younger players on the roster?
While not official, Wade on the Cavs brings him together with James. They spent four seasons together on the Miami Heat, forming one of the original “superteams” of the decade, with Chris Bosh as the third place. They won the 2012 and 2013 NBA championships (they made the NBA Finals in all four years). Cleveland and San Antonio battled in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals, and traded series wins. This Heat team split up after James returned to Northeast Ohio in July 2014.
Another piece of fallout from this sees a player remain in the Eastern Conference, meaning the Western Conference additions of Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and others doesn’t expand. That helps, even if it’s an aging Wade … maybe?
Let’s see how this James-Wade reunion looks (if it officially happens) when the Cavaliers face the Spurs on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.