With the Miami Heat.
“Miami, the door’s always unlocked,” Wade told The Associated Press.
“One day I want to retire in a Miami Heat jersey. I don’t know how that will happen, but I definitely want to make sure than when I decide to hang it up, that jersey is on. Whether it’s being back there or signing a one-day deal like Paul Pierce, I want to make sure that I go out the way I came in.”
A portion of Heat fans may have been upset that Wade chose to sign with Cleveland instead of returning to Miami, but Wade points out that the fit in Miami simply wasn’t there.
““Honestly, I didn’t feel they needed me there,” Wade said about a fit with the Heat
“I feel that those guys are in a good place. They deserve to come back this year and see what that 30-11 was about. They don’t need me there over their shoulder or anything like that. That’s kind of how I approached it.”
Wade admitted that there were a lot of factors in play during his decision making process.
“When it comes down to big decisions like this, there’s two people I listen to: Her name is Gabrielle Union Wade [his wife] and his name is Zaire Wade [his son]” Wade said.
“I listen to Zaire and my wife and try to see what they feel and what they want. Zaire told me just like this: `Dad, I would love to have you here and be around more. But I want you to go get your fourth ring.”
“To be in this position, to be in this league so long and to have fans wanting you to be part of their team – I mean, we all want to be wanted – I can’t even explain what that means,” Wade said.
“I really looked at their team and where could I fit in and what could my role be and would I be happy with that role.”
Cavs Sign Kevin Love to Four-Year, $120 Million Contract Extension
The Cleveland Cavaliers are ensuring that Kevin Love remains a part of the team’s long-term plans as they have signed the veteran forward to a four-year, $120 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst.
Love recently opted out of the 2019-20 season on his current five-year deal, allowing him to earn $24.1 million next season before the new four-year extension kicks in which will give Love a 17 percent annual raise.
76ers, Cavs Discussing Kyle Korver, Jerryd Bayless Trade
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a trade that would involve Kyle Korver and Jerryd Bayless, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.
While the trade is possible, it is”far from certain”, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.
Korver sits fourth all-time with 2213 3-pointers in his career and is owed $7.56M this season.
Bayless averaged 7.9 ppg last season for the 76ers.
Cavaliers Waive Kendrick Perkins
Perkins will clear waivers and become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, assuming he goes unclaimed.
Perkins had been out of the NBA since the 2015-2016 season before signing with the Cleveland Cavalier at the end of the season prior to the start of the NBA playoffs.
Perkins played 15 minutes in the Cavs’ regular season finale but saw no action during the postseason.
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