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Spurs Rumor Retrospective: Dwyane Wade in free agency

By Rob Wolkenbrod
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Five of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Five of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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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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Could the Spurs have used Wade this season? Did they miss out on signing him before the year started? Let us know in the comments below.

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