Dwyane Wade Buyout: Cleveland Cavaliers frontrunners to sign veteran guard

Taking a look at the Miami Heat's 2017-18 media day

And Sunday night, hours before reporting to training camp, he and the Bulls came to an agreement on a buyout on the final year of his contract, league sources confirmed to The Washington Post, before Wade himself confirmed the news on Twitter a short time later.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the leaders in the race for Dwyane Wade.

Wade, who left about $8 million on the table in his buyout with Chicago, can earn about $4 million this season by going back to Miami, while the Cavs and San Antonio, who are expected to be his other primary pursuers, can offer the 6-4, 220-pounder the veteran minimum of $2 million. Those factors, combined with several inexperienced or uninspiring options at both the point and wing (Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, Kyle Anderson and Derrick White, to name a few), creates a clear lane for Wade's services with the Spurs.

Dwyane Wade, a three-time National Basketball Association champion and 2006 Finals MVP, could prove to be a critical cog in Cleveland's pursuit of a championship.

With the Cavs already having big scorers in James, Kevin Love and eventually Thomas, coach Tyronn Lue will need to make some changes in his offense if the 15th-year pro is added and moved into the starting lineup.

If Wade were to sign a three-year deal with a team option it would ideal set stones in place to go out and get LeBron.




But there's a bigger problem with the idea of Wade going to Cleveland: He's a awful fit, not only for their team's roster but also in a direct matchup with the Cavs' biggest obstacle to a championship. Wade's been the better of the two players, and is more comfortable playing off the ball, but something would have to give if the Cavaliers signed Wade to go with Rose.

Although the Heat can pay him more, money won't be the only thing the 12-time All-Star will consider in his decision. Wade, at this point, would be a much cheaper option. He played with the Bulls for 60 games last season.

And the chance to play for Gregg Popovich and the Spurs has its merits. Wade recently worked out with James, his former teammate with the Miami Heat.

James and Wade spent a week working out together in Los Angeles this summer.

Signing Wade could make Tyler Johnson expendable.

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