Miami and Los Angeles are among the destinations that appeal to Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, an associate close to him has said, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:
Though ESPN reported that LeBron James’ camp expects Dwyane Wade to end up with Cleveland if he reaches a buyout with the Bulls, a Wade associate has been telling people that Miami and Los Angeles are also appealing destinations for Wade.
Chicago media has reported recently that no Bulls buyout talks have happened yet with Wade, and it’s unclear when they will happen.
We would never profess to know what Wade is thinking; only Wade – for whom we have great respect – and those closest to him know that.
So we’re not attempting to mind-read Wade. But the person who mentioned Miami and L.A. to me was the same person who first alerted me to my scoop a few years ago that Wade’s negotiations with the Heat were not going well – the first time that information ever surfaced (and a year later, the sides divorced).
Wade and the Bulls are expected to reach a buyout agreement in the coming months.
Wade, a 14-year NBA veteran, won three titles as a member of the Heat in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He’s spent every season of his professional career on the team, excluding this past season with Chicago.
Wade could opt to sign with an L.A. team, most likely the Lakers, and move into a vet role to provide guidance to young talent such as Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, or return home to the team that drafted him.
Wade can also work to play alongside ex-teammate LeBron James in Cleveland. It’s reported James’ camp expects Wade to have interest in the reunion, though a buyout between him and the Bulls organization would have to occur first.
The Cavs, Heat and Suns will be among the teams that show interest in Wade should he become available.