Where might he go?
Over the last 24, 72 hours, Dwyane’s representatives have been calling around the league to several teams. Not to every team, not to 29 teams, but to a few teams and have said to them, “Hey, Dwyane is going to be available and is going to take offers.”
I know San Antonio is one of the teams that’s been contacted. I know Dallas is one of the teams that’s been contacted.
The Heat are still strong favorites to keep Wade. He seemed unhappy with contract negotiations last summer before inking a one-year, $20 million deal and declaring himself a “HeatLifer.”
But I can see why he’d be antsy.
As it stands, Miami has about $40 million available for Wade, Hassan Whiteside and outside free agents. Pat Riley called Hassan Whiteside the team’s top priority, but it might actually be Kevin Durant. Whiteside’s max salary projects to be about $22 million, and Durant’s would be about $27 million.
Where does that leave Wade?
I’m not sure other teams would offer more than Miami, but they don’t necessarily have to. Wade could leverage a lesser offer into a bigger one from the Heat if he convinces them it’s close enough financially and the other team is more appealing in other ways (e.g., showing respect).
Perhaps this is completely a leverage play. It’s hard to imagine Wade playing elsewhere.
But if not, the Spurs and Mavericks would make at least some sense – though San Antonio (Danny Green) and Dallas (Wesley Matthews) already have shooting guards locked up long term. Still, the teams could use multiple off guards when playing small, and at his age, Wade should get limited minutes during the regular season. Both Texas teams have good coaches and winning environments.
If Miami plays hardball, Wade might prefer that steadiness elsewhere.