Dwyane Wade To Cleveland?
Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors was one of those rumors that always seemed too devastating to be believed, like a super volcano under Yosemite or solar flares that could send us back to the stone age. Yet here we are, living in a world where the best regular season team in NBA history just added the third best player of the decade, instantly making them into the league's de facto bad guys. There is a legitimate chance they do not lose a single game for the next two years.
As far as anyone knows, the only team even remotely capable of stopping the Warriors is the one that just stole a title from underneath their noses, but even the reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers look helpless. (Lord knows the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't taking them seven games in the Western Conference Finals again.) Enter Dwyane Wade: the NBA's banged up 34-year-old savior. Without him -- or someone of similar talent (of which there aren't many) -- the Cleveland Cavaliers could be the last victim in the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors' 98-game win streak.
Apparently Wade is aware that he's become the Jon Snow of basketball Westeros, because he's reportedly considering joining up with his old pal for a last stand at the wall after rejecting a two-year, $40 million offer from Pat Riley.
League source: Dwyane Wade in preliminary talks with #Cavs to reunite with Lebron. Talks still early.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 5, 2016
The Cavs' current payroll situation leaves them with little space to give Wade the payday he's looking for (they're at $76 million with only eight players under contract), but you've got to figure that Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye's combined $19 million cap hit would be sold off in a heartbeat to make room.
According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Heat are still "optimistic" he'll re-sign, though talks have reportedly stalled, as the likelihood that Miami's current roster will compete for a championship next year have all but vanished.
As for Dwyane Wade. I’m told negotiations are at a bit if an impasse right now, but the Heat is still optimistic Wade will re-sign with the only franchise he’s ever played for. Miami has offered a two year, $40 million deal, as Dan LeBatard reported earlier today. I hear that would be with a player option in Year 2. Wade is hoping for a longer deal, or more than the $20 million he made last year, if he is to accept a two-year deal, according to a source.
All we can do now is pray for the competitive balance of the league.
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