Dwyane Wade isn’t coming back to the Heat this season. But how about next summer when he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent?
We took a look at the possibility of a Wade-Heat reunion down the line in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag.
Derrick: Will Dwyane Wade ever return to play for the Heat? I thought he was coming back this summer.
Anthony Chiang: You shouldn’t have thought that. It would have taken a lot to pull Dwyane Wade away from the $23.8 million player option waiting for him in Chicago. A chance to play for a championship — maybe in Cleveland — was something that some thought could lure Wade away from the Bulls. But sacrificing money to return to the Heat this summer — just one offseason after he left Miami for more money in Chicago — didn’t really make sense. Wade made it official Tuesday, informing the Bulls he will pick up his $23.8 million option and return to Chicago for a second season. And it’s not a surprise that money was the driving force behind Wade’s decision. NBA.com’s David Aldridge tweeted, “Asked Dwyane Wade tonight why he opted in with Chicago for 2017-18: ’24 million reasons.'”
But don’t rule out a Wade-Heat reunion. It’s still possible. It’s just not happening this summer. Wade will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. He’ll be 36 years old at that point and possibly looking to sign the final contract of his NBA career. Money probably won’t be as big of a priority when that time comes, as he’s going to be coming off a contract that paid him a combined $47 million over two seasons in Chicago. Maybe Wade decides to chase another NBA championship or maybe Wade just wants to finish his career in Miami on a competitive team. But I would not rule out Wade’s return down the line.
@iamtzamac: Should the Heat try to trade for Kristaps Porzingis? The Heat need that power forward to pair with Hassan Whiteside.
Anthony Chiang: The problem is the Heat might need to trade away Hassan Whiteside to get Kristaps Porzingis from the Knicks. Although New York reportedly is taking calls from teams interested in trading for Porzingis, the Knicks are apparently asking for a lot in return. So what attractive pieces does Miami have to offer New York? It’s Whiteside and Goran Dragic at this point. The Heat’s offer would probably have to start there, and New York would probably still want more like the No. 14 overall pick and/or Tyler Johnson. So theoretically, would you trade Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and the 14th overall pick for Porzingis and another player from the Knicks? Because that’s what it might cost if the Knicks are actually serious about trading the 21-year-old forward.