Tuesday’s roundup: Wade unhappy with new Heat offer
The internet ran rampant Monday with rumors Dwyane Wade was on a plane with LeBron James and Dan Gilbert, possibly to consummate a deal.
The Miami Herald has researched this, however, and can confidently shoot that down.
Wade has been in Spain, and was scheduled to fly back early Tuesday afternoon.
Now, that doesn’t mean everything is great with the Heat.
Wade and Heat officials are still at an impasse and have not agreed to the deal on the table.
That deal (two years, $40 million with a second-year option) is the same the Mavericks have agreed upon with franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki.
Wade, however, is nearly three years younger.
■Wade and the Heat are not on great terms. That is coming from both sides. “Ugly” has been the common descriptor. Wade did not feel like the Heat prioritized him. The Heat wanted Wade to be patient, while it was securing Hassan Whiteside and trying to land Kevin Durant.
■Wade will take his time to make a decision. It might not be in next day or so. It is fully expected that he will take meetings once back in the United States.
■The meeting with the Bucks, set for today, is currently off. But everything is subject to change.
■Wade wants two more seasons. It is possible, but certainly not definite, that the Heat and Wade could compromise on a two-year deal for more than $40 million, though that would require clearing Josh McRoberts’ salary of the cap.
■Yes, joining LeBron James in Cleveland is an option. Among a few still, and “a long shot” due to the economics, according to a source, but definitely an option. The Cavaliers don’t currently have anything other than the taxpayer midlevel to offer ($3.48 million), which would be a huge reduction in pay. So they would need to make multiple deals to accommodate more salary.
■There are rumors about a deal involving forward Kevin Love. Among the possible destinations are the Lakers, Celtics and Trail Blazers. Or James would need to take a historically large cut, which wouldn’t sit well with the players’ union. He repeatedly has said how much he missed Wade.
■And it might be meaningless, but the Cavaliers began to follow Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, on Twitter.
But Heat fans should be concerned.
This is officially more dangerous than last season. It’s two offseasons of bad feelings.
And for Wade, it will come down to whether he puts the biggest premium on winning and friendship (and can also stick it to Miami in the process) by choosing Cleveland, or whether he wants to take the most money from a place like Denver.
Nowitzki’s new contract will give the Dallas forward a chance spend 20 seasons with the only franchise he has ever played for.
The Mavericks and Nowitzki reached agreement on a reported two-year, $40 million contract.
The Mavericks also reportedly agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with free agent guard Seth Curry, younger brother of two-time MVP Stephen Curry.
“I’ve always said that I’ll end my career in Dallas,” Nowitzki told the German news agency DPA. “I’ve been here 18 seasons. It would be great if I can make it 20.”
The Mavericks will have three returning starters in Nowitzki, shooting guard Wesley Matthews and point guard Deron Williams, who has agreed to a second season with his hometown team on a one-year, $10 million contract.
... Forward David West reportedly is headed to Golden State on a one-year deal.
West left some $11 million on the table last season when he opted out of his contract with Indiana to try to get a title with San Antonio. He averaged a career-low 7.1 points and the Spurs lost to Durant’s Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals.
... Center Roy Hibbert and point guard Ramon Sessions reportedly agreed to terms with the Hornets. Hibbert will receive one-year deal worth $5 million and Sessions will get a two-year deal worth $12.3 million.
... The 76ers reportedly agreed to terms with guard Gerald Henderson on a two-year deal worth $18 million.
... Magic officials are finalizing a trade to send point guard Shabazz Napier to the Trail Blazers for cash, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
... A person with knowledge of the deal says the Spurs have traded Boris Diaw to the Jazz for point guard Olivier Hanlan.