While on a much deserved vacation with his Banana Boat buddies, Chris Paul and LeBron James, and their significant others, Wade and the Miami Heat hit a snag in their contract extension negotiations. This led to the 34-year-old reaching out to other teams, including the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks. Many believed that this was a leverage move from Wade's team to squeeze a better deal out of the Heat, but this time, he seemed intent on at least exploring his options. Then, as D-Wade's options started to dwindle, a new team reportedly emerged: the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers' presence led to some odd yet entertaining speculation about a private jet carrying James, Wade, and team owner Dan Gilbert. And as if the narrative wasn't entertaining enough, the Cavs fanned the flames even further when they started following D-Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union on various social media platforms. However, over the last 24 hours, the Denver Nuggets and Bulls were starting to look like the front-runners to land Wade.
The Nuggets, with plenty of money to spend in order to reach the league's new salary cap floor, were reportedly poised to offer Wade a two-year, $52 million contract. Then, the Bulls made an aggressive push to sign Wade and felt like they had made such positive strides towards landing the 12-time All-Star that they were aggressively looking to find partners to trade their more expensive contracts, per Wojnarowski.
With a verbal commitment out of Wade, it looks like Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy's time with the Bulls is coming to an end.
And, as expected, the burning of the jersey is just around the corner.
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