Report: Dwyane Wade ‘reconciled’ relationships with Heat, was open to return
Dwyane Wade is reportedly on the verge of signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers after he reached a buyout agreement with the Chicago Bulls, but that does not mean he was completely opposed to returning to the place where his NBA career began.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Wade did not rule out returning to the Miami Heat and had “reconciled his Miami relationships” after he left the team on bad terms last offseason. The 35-year-old is also said to have considered the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. Ultimately, Wade felt joining LeBron James and the Cavs would get him closest to winning another championship.
Wade and James have remained close friends since they played together, so it is no surprise that the two want a reunion. Wade is eligible to sign a one-year, $2.3 million veteran minimum contract with Cleveland. He is expected to make $15.8 million of the $23.8 million the Bulls owed him as part of his buyout with Chicago.
The obvious question regarding Wade and the Heat is whether or not Pat Riley was among those that the star guard supposedly reconciled with. A report from earlier in the week indicated the two still have not spoken directly since Wade left, and Dwyane basically admitted that Riley was the main reason he left Miami in the first place.