Late Monday night, followers of LeBron James‘ Instagram page were able to watch a short clip of him and former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade working out together at the UCLA basketball practice facility in Los Angeles, CA.
Wade has been in talks with the Chicago Bulls about reaching a buyout but the two sides have yet to come to an agreement.
His departure from the Bulls is nearly inevitable.
The 35-year-old guard is owed a whopping $23.8 million for the upcoming season. The Bulls don’t want to pay that much money to him as they are trying to rebuild their franchise with young players, and Wade wants to compete for championships as he nears the end of his illustrious career.
ESPN’s Nick Friedell recently reported that some of Wade’s younger teammates in Chicago can’t stand him. After a January loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Wade said “I don’t know if I see enough guys who really want it. Losses like this, it has to hurt them. I’m 35 years old, man. I got three championships. It shouldn’t hurt me more than it hurts these young guys. They have to want it.” (Per Yahoo Sports)
Once the buyout offer is agreed to, he’ll be free to sign a new deal with whichever team he wants. That includes the LeBron James led Cleveland Cavaliers.
If Wade is paid a suitable amount of his contract in the buyout, then it’s almost certain he’d be willing to take less money to compete for a title.
A one-year reunion between the Banana Boat pals seems perfect for Wade and the Cavaliers.
Wade gets one last ride to a nearly guaranteed NBA Finals appearance.
The Cavaliers get a three-time NBA champion with the ability to score like no other shooting guard on the roster.
Pair Wade with the Cavaliers’ new acquisitions of Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder and one might say they have a chance to knock the Warriors off the throne.
There’s still a lot that needs to be handled on the business side of things for everyone involved, but as we near the beginning of the NBA season this could be a sign of things to come for Cleveland.
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