Could D-Wade and LeBron reunite in an effort to take down Golden State next year? The stars seem to be aligning.
Dwyane Wade has very recently worked out with James – for a whole week, actually – before the two both start their 15th NBA season. They won two championships together in Miami. And now, Bulls executive John Paxson’s comments on Chicago’s “670TheScore” morning radio show suggest that Wade isn’t totally interested in staying in Chicago much longer. Per Cody Westerlund of 670TheScore:
“First of all, we haven’t heard directly from Dwyane,” Paxson said of a potential buyout of Wade’s contract, worth $23.8 million in 2017-18. “We’ve talked to his representatives. Gar’s been on the phone with his guy several times in the last few weeks. So some dialogue is going on.
“We’re more than willing to work with him,” Paxson added. “If he doesn’t want to be here, then we want to do it (the buyout).”
While it’s unclear where Wade will end up after a buyout from the Bulls, be it an anticipated return to Miami or a championship run with his buddy LeBron, Cleveland seems like the safest bet.
Wade joined LeBron in sharing a photo last week following their “week of work,” hash-tagging “#Itjusfeelsdifferent” and “#Brotherhood.”
Unlike Kevin Durant’s Twitter mishap earlier this week, NBA social media – especially in the offseason – is hardly ever candid, as telling as some of the Instagram captions may feel.
Wade refused to comment when asked if he’d play a mentor role for the Bulls team that’s spiraled into rebuild-mode, according to a recent report by The Chicago Tribune.
“The only thing I’ll say is right now my plan is to be in training camp,” Wade said in his interview with The Tribune two weeks ago. He also told the Miami Herald he’s looking to be “in a position” to compete for a championship at this point in his career, and Cleveland could very well put him in that position.