Report: LeBron “Fairly Confident” Dwyane Wade Will Join Cavaliers at Some Point This Season
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will mostly likely be reunited in Cleveland this season. At least, that’s what LeBron James thinks.
On Cleveland.com’s “Wind and Gold” podcast this week, Cavs beat reporter Joe Vardon said that, “as of right now, people close to James are fairly confident that, at some point this year, Dwyane Wade is going to end up on the Cavs.”
Wade picked up his $24 million player option with the Chicago Bulls back in June. However, a report from ESPN last week said there was “widespread belief within the organization” that Wade would not play the entire season in Chicago.
Not coincidentally, on Tuesday it was reported that the younger players on the Bulls roster “can’t stand” Dwyane Wade.
Of course, LeBron and D-Wade are very good friends who previously teamed up with Chris Bosh to win two consecutive championships with the Miami Heat. Though Wade, 35, is clearly in the waning stage of his career, he still averaged 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.8 assists last season. He could be a very valuable contributor to the Cavaliers, provided they get him plenty of rest.
That said, there are still some hurdles that will have to be cleared to make this reunion happen. Cleveland cannot take on Wade’s $24 million salary. That means Wade will have to negotiate a buy-out from the Bulls, a notoriously stingy organization, if he wants to pursue another championship with LeBron.
Hat Tip – [theScore]