Dwyane Wade will rejoin LeBron James, this time in Cleveland, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, a few days after the Chicago Bulls bought out Wade. AGREED His decision could reportedly be finalised as soon as Thursday (AEST) and he’s eligible to sign a one-year, $AUD2.9 million deal with the Cavaliers.
Wade and the Bulls reached a buyout agreement in which he forfeited roughly $10 million of his $30 million 2017/18 salary.
By departing the Bulls, Wade has walked away from his salary of $30 million to join the Cavaliers for $3 million, leaving $27 million behind for the chance to compete for another NBA title.
His best days may be behind him but Wade will provide a valuable asset to the Cavaliers on both ends of the floor.
Wade had considered the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and even a return to Miami, but is choosing his banana-boat buddy in Cleveland and likely the easiest route to the Finals. The Celtics and Kyrie Irving may well stand in their way, and the Golden State Warriors will no doubt be waiting for a four-peat Finals matchup.
The Heatles — as they were known — minus Chris Bosh, will unite seven years after James followed Wade to Miami, where they won two championships together in four seasons.
James was mocked for his move to Miami after a TV special called ‘The Decision’ aired showing him make his now infamous statement: “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach.”
Wade averaged 18 points per game for Chicago last year and the 35-year-old guard will be especially helpful early on, with Isaiah Thomas expected to be sidelined until at least January.
In what has been an incredibly busy NBA off-season, Wade joins a long list of players to find a new home heading into the 2017/18 season.
Former Cavaliers point guard Irving was moved on after requesting a trade, his relocation to the Boston Celtics bringing Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic to Cleveland.
Not wanting the Warriors to stroll through the Western Conference has seen the Thunder and Houston Rockets load up with star potential.
Chris Paul — another banana-boat buddy — joins James Harden in Houston while Carmelo Anthony and Paul George were both traded to the Thunder where they team up with MVP Russell Westbrook.
The Chicago Bulls roster has undergone a major shift since the beginning of last season with 10 changes in the previous 12 months.
Joining Wade on the Bulls big name departure list are point guard Rajon Rondo, who joins the New Orleans Pelicans, and Jimmy Butler who teams up with former coach Tom Thibodeau as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Possessing a loaded roster, with the addition of Wade, the Cavaliers will look to dismantle the Warriors atop the NBA hierarchy and claim their second title in three seasons.
James — who will be entering his 15th season in the league — will be hoping to keep his NBA Finals streak alive, a run that currently sits at seven and places him fourth on the list of consecutive finals appearances.
Will it be enough to propel the Cavaliers back into the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive meeting with the Warriors or will the newly revamped Celtics take back the crown as the Eastern Conference’s powerhouse?
The NBA season kicks off on October 18 with the Cavaliers taking on the Celtics at 11am (AEST).