What constitutes a “monster deal”?
Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the CBA offered a three-year, $25M contract to Dwyane Wade, as reported by Zhang Duo.
That’s almost certainly more than Wade could get in the NBA, by average annual salary or total compensation.
But I’m not sure how much it moves the needle for someone who has already earned nearly $200 million in just NBA salaries (let alone adding endorsements.) For perspective on what money means to him at this stage, Wade sacrificed about $6 million in a buyout to leave the Bulls for the Cavaliers last summer.
After getting traded to the Heat, he said he’d stay in Miami until retirement. Did he not mean to include foreign teams? Or is he considering changing his mind?
Evaluating this offer requires details not public. What is the salary each year of the deal? The 36-year-old might not want to play all three years. How much more would Wade earn from his Chinese shoe sponsor by playing in China?
He has that information, and it’s obviously ultimately his decision. That it’s gone this far suggests he’s at least interested.