Earlier today, HBO’s Bill Simmons randomly tweeted out that Dwyane Wade and the Milwaukee Bucks were in talks this free agency. Simmons did not provide any further details, so many people brushed off the idea of the Bucks actually talking with Wade.
Well, it turns out Simmons was actually right.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Friday night that the Bucks and Knicks are two teams talking with Wade.
Wade, who played his college ball at Milwaukee-based Marquette and would enjoy playing close to his home city of Chicago, turns 35 in January. After a few declining seasons, Wade looked like his old self at the end of the 2015-16 season and into the playoffs.
Wade will require a big contract, perhaps one the Bucks may not be able to afford and will regret, depending on their ability to trade Greg Monroe after free agency settles down. A deal still seems unlikely with Wade, but it’s at least giving Milwaukee folks some irrational hope that he will leave Miami. Wade could easily just be using the Bucks and the Knicks as leveraging opportunities so the Heat pay him what he wants.
Still, ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne had a good point.
“Dwyane Wade, like Dirk, has taken less in each of his last three contracts,” Shelbourne wrote on ESPN.com. “At some point that gets difficult. That said, the Knicks will have around $11-12 million after Noah deal. They could create more and get to $16 million in room. But Wade probably wants north of $20 per year after seeing the deals being signed today.”
And again, if the Bucks trade Monroe and work out some other financial moves, they may be able to afford a short-term deal with Wade that rewards him the $20 million plus deal he’s looking for.
Wade is currently on vacation with LeBron James, Chris Paul, and their wives, which is why the meetings will be scheduled next week.
The Bucks will meet with him, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Charles Gardner.