Dwyane Wade feels he sacrificed money in the past so the Miami Heat could form elite teams — both in the LeBron James era, then rebuilding after LeBron bolted — and now he wants to be made whole. Pat Riley isn’t the sentimental type and reportedly came in low early ($10 million a year, although Miami was still chasing Kevin Durant and talking to Hassan Whiteside at the time, which could have impacted the offer). That pissed off Wade, so now that the Heat are offering Wade two years at nearly $40 million. He wants more — at leat $50 million over two years, or a third year — and is still talking to other teams. It is all leverage, few around the league think he’s going anywhere.
But he will meet with Denver in New York on Wednesday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Wade has traveled to New York for meetings that will include Denver president Josh Kroenke, general manager Tim Connelly and coach Michael Malone, league sources said.
Wade’s acrimonious discussions with the Heat have led him to taking the next step with interested teams, which could turn out to be a way for the 12-time All-Star to leverage a third guaranteed contract year out of Miami – or the beginning of the end of his 13-year, three-NBA-championship run with Miami. The Nuggets have been aggressive in pursuit of Wade, offering a two-year, approximately $52 million contract, sources said.
Denver is not the only team he is meeting with, reports Tim Reynolds with the Associated Press.
Chicago may be one of those teams.
While Wade is reaching out to other teams, it feels like we saw this movie last year (and most front offices around the league see it the same way). Wade likely ultimately returns to Miami.
But he is taking meetings, so the door is open.