Winderman: Dwyane Wade is looking for a friend… one that looks a lot like Chris Bosh

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Thumbnail image for wade_bosh.jpgDwyane Wade is looking for a friend.

Perhaps you can be his friend.

There are a few caveats. He would like his new friend to be at least 6 feet 8. He would like him to possess a low-post game. And he would like him to arrive in the next day or two.

For now, Wade is reduced to keeping active on a smaller scale, running a youth basketball camp in Davie, Florida, at Nova Southeastern University.

That’s where the Miami Heat free-agent guard was Tuesday and where he will be through Thursday.

Thursday, of course, also is when NBA free agents can begin signing contracts.

And while not a lot is known about NBA Free Agency 2010, this much you can bank:

If Chris Bosh signs with the Heat, Dwyane Wade will sign back, as well. Immediately.

Of course, more than a mere signature is necessary with Bosh, who insists on maximizing this process through more than sheer mass of Twitter posts. He wants the same six-year, $125 million maximum contract Wade would get by signing back with the Heat.

Only to get it, he first must be re-signed by the Toronto Raptors and then simultaneously traded, the dreaded sign-and-trade.

And yes, we’ve heard all about how the Heat has precious little to offer, with only Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers under contract. But the Heat does have something that Toronto has great familiarity with, a future first-round pick that is due from the Raptors.

That lottery-protected nugget was acquired by the Heat in the 2009 Shawn Marion-Jermaine O’Neal deal.

Get a first-round pick from the Cavaliers, it likely is in the late 20s. Get a first-round pick from a Bulls team bolstered by Bosh, and it’s also in that range. But get your own pick back, and, well, something in the teens appears more than likely.

No, Bryan Colangelo is not in the charity game.

But he can reclaim something of his own, while allowing Wade  to find the type of friend he has desperately been seeking this past week.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

All Chandler Parsons wants for Christmas is healthy knees

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons poses for a picture on NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. Parsons signed with the Grizzlies in July. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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It almost fits the song: “All I wants for Christmas is healthy knees, healthy knees, healthy knees.”

Chandler Parsons took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and there were a few good answers in there but my favorite was this one:

Parsons has played in just six games for the Grizzlies this season, missing the start of the season to recover from off-season knee surgery, then now he has missed the last eight games with a knee bone bruise. The banged up Grizzlies could really use his shot creation back in the lineup.

As for other good questions/answers there was this combo, with a little help from ESPN’s Zach Lowe:

And then there’s this for the haters.

Sit back and watch the top 10 dunks from the first five weeks of NBA season

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Who doesn’t love a good dunk compilation?

Well, somebody probably just said “bah, humbug” but is that the person you really want to hang out with?

The fine folks at NBA.com put together the Top 10 dunks of October and November, and when Rudy Gobert dunking over Kristaps Porzingis is all the way down at 10, you know it’s a good list. Put off starting your Christmas shopping, at least for another 2:44, and watch the video.

Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Here you go.

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Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Of course you do. How is that even a question?

Above you can see just that from Chicago Friday night (where Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls knocked off the Cavaliers). Benny the Bull is on his side as well, while the Cubs’ mascot and others try and stay out of the way.

I’ll take this over another kids’ dribbling contest any day.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili hustling saves lead to Spurs bucket (VIDEO)

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That’s about the most Spurs play ever.

During the third quarter of San Antonio’s win over Washington Friday night, LaMarcus Aldridge saved the ball from going out-of-bounds on the baseline, he threw it out high to Manu Ginobili, who had to leap and save it from going into the backcourt. Two hustle plays. From there the Spurs whipped the ball around the perimeter, and it ended up back to Aldridge on the baseline, where he nailed the 12-foot jumper.

Eventually, the Spurs would get a Kawhi Leonard jumper to give them the victory.