Before Dwyane Wade decided to sign with the Chicago Bulls, there was a serious possibility that he could join forces once again with close friend LeBron James this time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Wade chose against it by inking a deal with his hometown team. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, James revealed why the Cavaliers didn’t add the two-time NBA champion.
With the Bulls and Cavs set to play a preseason game Friday, James confirmed that he hoped Wade would have ended up in Cleveland with him.
“We couldn’t afford him,” James said. “It’s that simple.”
This should not come as no surprise given that all the Cavaliers had to offer was a mid-level exception that paid out $3.5 million per season. That is nowhere near the amount that he’s getting paid on his current two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls. If the Miami Heat had not lowballed him on the offers he would have just stayed with the team and not gone elsewhere.
That said, Wade chose what was best for him moving forward for his career. He’s entering the tail end of his playing days and is simply trying to get the most out of it. What this does is make you wonder what could have been had the Cavaliers had money to spend to land Wade.