The idea of Wade spurning the Heat and taking a huge discount to go reunite with LeBron James in Cleveland is gaining steam.
Wade, who reportedly has been displeased with Miami’s offers, is seeking upwards of $25 million a year and would like to get a three-year deal in the process.
It requires Wade going from asking $25 million a year to passing on $20 million a year offered by the Heat to accepting the taxpayer mid-level exception for just under $3.5 million.
That is sacrificing a lot of money in the name of feeling disrespected, but Wade and LeBron are still extremely close and would like to play on the same team again some day if it makes sense.
Pat Riley has tried to do that for multiple offseasons and the deeper we get, the more upset Wade seems to be.
Wade wants to still be treated as the organization’s most important figure on the court, and that hasn’t been the case during tenuous negotiations for two straight summers.
This year, the Cavs are following the Wade family on social media and t seems to be a building paranoia that Wade could bolt.
From a money standpoint, the Nuggets still make more sense and the Bulls could make some things work to open up the money he’s seeking.