Spurs Rumor Retrospective: Dwyane Wade in free agency
By Rob Wolkenbrod
In a San Antonio Spurs rumor retrospective, let’s look back at an old Dwyane Wade rumor from before the start of the season.
With the 2017-18 season over, it’s time to look back at its events for the San Antonio Spurs. Rumors surrounded the team throughout the year, including before the latest campaign started in October regarding the team’s roster.
The Spurs were connected to a handful of players before the season started. Among the finals name was Dwyane Wade, who the Chicago Bulls bought out weeks before the preseason; they had traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves and gutted most of the roster.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sep. 24, 2017, that San Antonio had interest in Wade. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder were the other teams linked to the future Hall of Famer, who signed a one-year deal with the Cavs.
Wade joined a veteran Cleveland squad that just traded Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, and took a top bench spot behind LeBron James. This run lasted 45 games, before he was traded to the Heat for a future second-round pick.
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Overall, Wade averaged 11.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting in 22.9 minutes per game.
Did the Spurs lose out on this shooting guard? Another scoring option could have been used in the backcourt, as Kawhi Leonard missed most of the season and multiple players were absent due to injury.
However, Wade would fill a similar role to Manu Ginobili: an aging, veteran guard that takes the seventh or eighth spot off the bench. The former offered more scoring upside this season, but there would not be a clear-cut fit for two players that have similar abilities.
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