Dwyane Wade appears set for one of the most compelling free agency cases of the summer. The veteran guard is reportedly at odds with the Miami Heat over a new contract, and his father has already been spotted wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers shirt. Now you can add another potential suitor to the mix. Wade and the Los Angeles Lakers have mutual interest, according to SI’s Chris Mannix.
Wade holds an early termination option this summer, and could get out of a contract that would pay him $16 million next season in hopes of signing a more lucrative long-term deal. The Heat would reportedly prefer Wade to remain under his current contract. Miami’s offer to Wade on a long-term contract is reportedly for less than $10 million annually.
Wade will turn 34 years old in January, but is still one of the most productive shooting guards in the league when he’s healthy. He averaged 21.5 points and 4.8 assists per game last season for the Heat in 62 games. Wade has won three titles in Miami and there’s still certainly time for the two sides to reach an agreement.
The Lakers would be an interesting fit, pairing Wade with Kobe Bryant in what’s almost certainly going to be the final year of his career. The Lakers finished with the fourth worst record in the NBA last season, and have ample cap space along with the No. 2 pick in the draft.