Let the Wade watch begin!
Since the trade of Jimmy Butler, a Dwyane Wade buyout has seemed like an inevitability for the Chicago Bulls. Wade is on the back nine of his career and likely has little to no interest in being involved with a rebuilding project. On a recent podcast, Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon reported that James’ camp is fairly confident that Wade will join the Cavaliers once he is bought out from the Bulls.
Now we are hearing that the Bulls are willing to discuss a buyout with Wade and understand where he is at in his career. While they haven’t spoken to Wade directly yet, a dialogue has begun between the team and his representatives.
Via Cody Westerlund of 670TheScore:
The 35 year old Wade would join an already crowded perimeter rotation for the Cavaliers. But while he isn’t what he used to be, he still could be a very important addition to the Cavs roster.
For his career, Wade has averaged 5.7 assists per game and provides the Cavs with length and play-making on the wing. With defensive questions surrounding every point guard on the Cavs roster, Wade would give Lue more flexibility with his rotation.
With Wade, J.R. Smith, Jae Crowder, LeBron James, and either Tristan Thompson or Kevin Love at center, the Cavs have lineups that could switch defensively and are better equipped to counter small ball lineups. While Wade’s defense has declined, his length would still be an asset against opposing point guards in smaller bursts, especially in comparison to Isaiah Thomas or Derrick Rose.
While the carriage shouldn’t be put in front of the horse, this news is a step in the right direction for those hoping Wade will join the Cavs.