In the past few weeks, there was much speculation in regards to perennial all-star Dwyane Wade‘s status with the Miami Heat. When he opted out of his contract with Miami, rumors flood the news wire with reports that Wade may be headed for the Los Angeles Lakers. Some publications had even assumed that he may join his friend LeBron James in Cleveland after Wade’s father was seen wearing a Cavaliers t-shirt. Today, all of the speculation can be put to rest now that the guard has inked a new $20 Million deal with the Heat for 1 year.
Without a doubt one of the greatest players the franchise has ever seen, Wade lead the Heat to 3 championship trophies, one without LeBron in 2006, and has been their most consistent player when healthy. Though he has had issues staying on the court throughout his career, post-LeBron, he averaged 21.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 62 games last season. As the franchise’s unquestionable star, Dwyane Wade has routinely taken discount contracts from the Heat to ensure their ability to sign notable talent. This time, at 33-years-old and not much left in the tank, Wade was looking to cash out and did just that.
Now that next season is taken care of, one can only assume that his future with the Heat will be the majory story line at the end of next season.
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Wade to heat summer up and test free agency up
As some expected and many (mainly Heat fans) feared, Dwyane Wade has opted out of his contract, and will test the free agent market this summer. The former Marquette University standout has been with the team since they drafted him with the 4th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, and he has brought the Larry O’Brien trophy to Miami three times, once with Shaq in 2006, and twice with LeBron James in 2012 and 2013.
However, those rings came at a financial cost to Wade, who has given up over $25 million in an effort to help Pat Riley afford other marquee players like LeBron and Chris Bosh. However, that generosity appears to have come to an end. Wade is reportedly seeking a 3-year deal worth $60 million, and that goal may not align with the Heat’s agenda of keeping their payroll low to make a run at some of the high profile free agents that will be on the market next summer, like Kevin Durant.
There have been rumors of Wade being interested in re-joining forces with LeBron in Cleveland, who, judging by the final 3 games of these last NBA Finals, could use another wing playmaker to accompany himself and Kyrie Irving. There is also reported mutual interest between Wade and the Los Angeles Lakers, who appear to be making a very serious effort to reinstate their contender status by November. The Lakers drafted D’Angelo Russell, the unanimous best guard in the draft, and have been involved in free agent signing rumors regarding LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins and Jimmy Butler.
Where Wade ends up will surely be interesting, but whatever the Heat’s chances were prior to today, they’ve marginally lessened.
The scoring machine will throw his name amongst other superstars like Kevin Love into the free agency pool
The Dallas Mavericks was hit with some major news that may make this summer’s free agency period a lot more interesting. Shooting guard Monta Ellis has decided to not pick up his player option of $8.3 million dollars and has decided that he will become a free agent on July 1st.
The 29-year-old veteran averaged 19 points and five assists for Dallas on 45% shooting. The decision came right on time as he was faced with a June 24th deadline to decide whether to pick up the option or not. Citing attitude problems and refusing to rest an injury which led to a month long slump, Dallas had came up with the decision that they were going to move on if Ellis decided to opt out of his 3 year contract he signed in 2013.
Dallas is aiming at 3 point sharpshooting specialist Danny Green as a potential replacement for Ellis. If they were to add Green to the roster this could be a major pick up, as he was a huge asset for the Spurs during their championship run. As for Ellis, there are teams who are showing interest in him. Turning 30 in October, there are squads such as the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers who are willing to add the Mississippi bred guard to their roster.
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is without a doubt one of the most decorated players to ever wear the franchise’s uniform. Drafted in the first round in 2003, he has helped lead the team to 3 championship trophies. Now at 34 years-old, and struggling to remain healthy, Wade holds the player option on his current contract and has the ability to void his current deal in search of a better one. But who would be interested in an aging star at the tail end of his career? Who, the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Lake Show is apparently very interested in adding the aging veteran to their roster next season. The team already has Kobe Bryant who is going into the last year of his current contract so adding Wade to the equation does not seem like a move that would help the “rebuilding phase.” The contract negotiations between Wade and the Heat have been ongoing, with his father wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey out in public recently. It will definitely be interesting to see how things play out this offseason.
No country for old men? – @Rocko_CNK
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Westbrook didn’t pull, well, a “Westbrook” this time around
Friday night, after the Oklahoma City Thunder handled the Golden State Warriors at home–including an impressive triple-double performance from Russell Westbrook–the fiery point guard gave quite possibly his most memorable post-game interview ever. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out, or you won’t understand what’s so funny about the following.
One thing of note from Westbrook’s comedic conversation with those poor reporters: he wasn’t kidding about the execution part of it. Since that chat, the Thunder have won their last two games–both on the road–and after last night’s victory over the Heat they sit above the .500 mark for the first time all season.
That being said, it’s only right that TNT and NBA TV announcer Ernie Johnson Jr.–who has won two Emmy Awards for a reason–decided to flat out ask Russell Westbrook (19 pt, 10 rb, 6 ast) about the Thunder’s “execution” against the Heat. Westbrook couldn’t help but crack up.
Good one, EJ.