After previous reports that Dwyane Wade had cancelled meetings with NBA teams, it appears that the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and the Denver Nuggets will be able to meet with the free agent in New York after all.
The Bucks appeared to be out of the running but are back in, though they would have to clear salary to meet Wade's contract demands of a raise from his previous $20 million salary and likely a multi-year deal. The Miami Heat's offer is reportedly for two years at $40 million. At this point, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers don't appear to be recruiting Wade, at least not aggressively and are not presently mentioned as possible suitors for him.
Sources on @TheVertical: Beyond Denver meeting for Dwyane Wade in New York today: Milwaukee, Chicago meetings set. Miami possible too now.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 6, 2016
Sources on @TheVertical: So far, closest Wade has to a third-year on deal: Chicago w/ a partial guarantee. Denver, Miami offering two years.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 6, 2016
Bucks still not with enough salary space to make Wade deal happen, unless something changes.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) July 6, 2016
But where do the Heat fit into all this? It's not looking good at the moment but a meeting today with owner Micky Arison could lead to finding a compromise.
Would characterize relations between Wade/Heat -- especially after what's been published in past 24 hours -- at all-time low. Gonna b tough.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) July 6, 2016
Miami's getting its final sit-down with free agent Dwyane Wade, league sources tell @TheVertical: Meeting set with owner Micky Arison today.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 6, 2016
If the Heat can't clear up more salary by trading away a player like Josh McRoberts, then Wade at this point doesn't look like he'll be taking anything less than $20 million after making his very public contract demands. Will Pat Riley blink first or will he allow his star player to walk? Stay tuned.