Dwyane Wade Turned The Warriors Down Before Signing With The Cavaliers

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After a buyout agreement with his hometown team, Dwyane Wade drew interest from the only two teams to play in the NBA Finals in the last three years.

He chose the one with one of his closest friends, LeBron James.

Wade has agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

On Sunday, the Chicago Bulls bought Wade out for $16 million of the $23.8 million he was owed in 2017-18, as the team he grew up watching wasn’t crazy about having him around.

Before he agreed to join the Cavs, Wade reportedly also drew interest from the newly intriguing Oklahoma City Thunder, his former squad the Miami Heat, and the always lurking San Antonio Spurs.

But there was (at least) a fifth team that reached out the Wade: the Golden State Warriors.

From HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy:

Interestingly, the Warriors placed a call of their own to Wade’s camp to express interest in his services, a source told HoopsHype. The talks were brief because it was unclear what role Wade would play with Golden State.

Throughout his decision-making process, Wade made it clear to interested teams that he wants to play significant minutes on a contender. The Warriors weren’t clear about his playing time, so both parties moved on.

Unlike in Golden State, where Wade’s ball-dominant offense would be less likely to fly and where he would have to compete with plus defenders in Shaun Livingston, Patrick McCaw, and Andre Iguodala for minutes off the bench, in Cleveland the three-time All-Star is a desperately needed secondary ball-handler behind LeBron.

Hell, with Isaiah Thomas out for months recovering from a hip injury, James’ former Heat running mate might even open the season in the starting lineup.