The expectation remains that Dwyane Wade will be bought out of his contract at some point by the Chicago Bulls and the Heat and Cavs have been considered by most to be the favorites to sign him if he is cut loose. The Heat would offer him a return to his original team and a chance to be back in the playoffs. The Cavs would give Wade an opportunity to reunite with LeBron James and chase another ring.
A new report, however, says that the city of Los Angeles is a draw for Wade, meaning the Clippers and Lakers could be in the running for his services. Here is what Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote over the weekend:
Though ESPN reported that LeBron James’ camp expects Dwyane Wade to end up with Cleveland if he reaches a buyout with the Bulls, a Wade associate has been telling people that Miami and Los Angeles are also appealing destinations for Wade…
L.A. is often mentioned as a destination for superstars because of the lifestyle and business opportunities, but neither the Lakers or Clippers would give Wade as good a chance to win as the Cavs would. Given the Heat are a team on the rise and given they play in the East, they probably have a better chance at a deep playoff run than the Clippers.
Wade is 35, but can still help a team win. He averaged a solid 18.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting last season. He could also benefit from being on a better roster than the one he had last year in Chicago.
If Wade goes to Cleveland or Miami, it could make things interesting in the East, as both teams are expected to be in the playoff picture and would get even stronger with him in store. If he goes west, that's good news for the Wizards and other teams gunning for Cleveland's crown.
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