Dwyane Wade to meet with Cleveland Cavaliers

By The Sports Xchange  |  Updated July 6, 2016 at 10:55 PM
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Dwyane Wade has millions more and a lasting legacy on the table in Miami but a reunion with LeBron James in Cleveland with the Cavaliers could get him much closer to another NBA title.

Wade will meet with the Cavaliers while his free agency situation continues to play out according to Jason Lloyd of The Sports Xchange. The cost of joining the Cavs would likely mean a significant hit to Wade's bottom line.

The Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets and Heat are offering more money. According to reports, the Bulls and Nuggets were told Wade would like a two-year, $50 million deal with a player option for a third year.

But the Heat offered the 34-year-old pillar of the franchise a deal for two years for $40 million, hoping to prevent a divorce. Wade, a 12-time All-Star, had made over $300 million in total salary since he was drafted in the first round out of Marquette in 2003.

Unless James sacrifices his own salary - as James did when the Big 3 formed in Miami five years ago along with Chris Bosh - it's going to be up to Wade to take the deepest cut for a "Big 4" to form in Cleveland.

Even so, that looks to be a longshot, given the salary-cap limits the Cavaliers to a $3.47 million midlevel exception, could turn into reality if Wade is willing to take less money or Cleveland figures out a way to part with payroll.

Speculation that Wade could wind up with his close friend exploded on social media Tuesday afternoon after the Cleveland Cavaliers Twitter account followed these famous folks: Wade and his other half, Gabrielle Union. Wade also began following Cavaliers' shooting guard J.R. Smith on Instagram.

A major roster shakeup could be made if James pushes for it, including dealing Kevin Love. Unloading point guard Iman Shumpert, who signed a four-year, $40 million deal last July, could get the Cavaliers in the range of $11 million for next season.

The Heat are maneuvering to move money. According to multiple reports, Wade could get to a two-year, $51 million offer is the Heat can find a trade partner to take forward Josh McRoberts, who counts $6 million against next year's cap.

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