In his pre-season press conference Friday, Pat Riley avoided any direct discussion on a possible reunion with Dwyane Wade, who is still under contract with the Chicago Bulls. But he gushed about Wade, saying that he is “absolutely ... in love” with the best player in Miami Heat franchise history.
But now, a blockbuster trade before training camp may have shaken the landscape for Wade if he negotiates a buyout with the Bulls and becomes a free agent.
Story on ESPN: Oklahoma City acquires New York's Carmelo Anthony to join Russell Westbrook and Paul George. https://t.co/cYk5g2vqHa— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2017
Carmelo Anthony, a friend of Wade’s, will join Russell Westbrook and Paul George in Oklahoma City. And that has fueled speculation that the three-time NBA champion will join the Thunder as a sixth man.
Have to wonder if OKC is now sitting on a Dwyane Wade buyout. Can't offer money, even starting role--but Russ, PG and Melo could sell hard.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) September 23, 2017
Got to admit, Wade to OKC on a one-year rental if he gets a Bulls buyout does make sense from an opportunity standpoint.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) September 23, 2017
As I’ve reported here before, Wade wants to play for a championship contender. Playing 20-25 minutes per game at a high level may be the best situation for the 2006 NBA Finals MVP — offering championship experience without having lots of demands. Remember, Wade had a superb 2008 Olympics run as a sixth man.
Just a few days ago, no one thought that Wade would want to go the Thunder after a buyout. Now, it’s looking plausible. Just goes to show how quickly things change in the NBA.