Dwyane Wade officially started looking for a new home.
With training camp around the corner, Dwyane Wade may need to make a quick decision on where he wants to play next. With the Bulls recently buying out his contract, he is now officially on the market and teams looking for veteran leadership can now get the service of the 3x NBA Champion.
At 35, Dwyane Wade is on the tail end of his career but he is still very much reliable as a player. Averaging his second-lowest scoring output of the season with 18 points per game. Wade is still one of the top notched scorers in the league and he explicitly implied that he wants to play with a team that can compete for the championship this year.
He is scheduled to Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers who most experts still believe is the front-runner to be the next team of Dwyane Wade,
Wade commented on the decision, via Johnson:
"I just felt it was time for me, turning 36, that I want to be competing for a championship. I said when I got here, it was always a dream for me to play here. And getting that opportunity was special. And I can't even say it wasn't what everyone expected because we went to the playoffs. And trying to restore this franchise to respectability was our goal. The organization decided to go in a different direction, which I respect.
"I understand how business works in this league. They were going a direction that at this point of my career, I didn't want to be a part of. Being unselfish, these young players they're giving these opportunities to, they need to have that time to make mistakes and learn as they're growing and building what they envision. They don't need an old guy like me hanging around them."
Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, and OKC Thunders at this stage are most certainly the strongest teams to be able to compete in the championship. If his true goal is to win the championship then, it is almost certain that one of those teams will be his next destination, however, the downside of joining a good team may have a toll on his individual performance. The Cavaliers shooting guard is deep having JR Smith, Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert, San Antonio got Danny Green and OKC may want to start Andre Roberson to balance the starters as there are already three offensive-minded players who will be starting with the name of Westbrook, George, and Anthony.
Miami Heat gives him the most ideal individual situation but may not give him the opportunity to win. Miami has been the home of Wade throughout his NBA career except for last year so he will feel at home on the onset and might even get his performance back on track, although Dion Waiters may certainly challenge him for the position as well.