A handful of updates on Dwyane Wade‘s situation were reported on Tuesday, including the fact that he has canceled his meeting with the Bucks, scheduled a meeting with the Nuggets, and received a contract offer in the two-years, $50MM range from Denver. Wade is said to be seeking a deal in that neighborhood, or something with a guaranteed third year.
Here are Wednesday’s latest updates and rumors on Wade, one of the top free agents left on the market:
Wade is pushing for a resolution on his future tonight and it’s likely between Miami, Chicago or Denver, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical tweets. The scribe adds via Twitter that Pat Riley would like an answer tonight and if Wade isn’t returning, Riley would move fast on other options.
- Wade is very much open to leaving the Heat after hearing pitches from other teams today, sources tell Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link).
- The Bulls feel Wade is serious about joining their team and they have been in contact with other teams in an attempt to unload contracts, Wojnarowski reports (Twitter links). Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy are the two players that Chicago would like to move. Wojnarowski (Twitter link) adds that the team’s canceled meeting has bearing on his status.
- The Bucks‘ meeting with Wade went for over an hour and Wade spoke highly of the team’s young roster, Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel passes along (Twitter links). Gardner adds that the Bucks still do not have the cap space to accommodate a Wade deal, so he doesn’t expect the 33-year-old to sign with the franchise. However, David Aldridge of NBA.com (Twitter link) hears that the team believes Wade is “very serious” about joining Milwaukee.
- Wade’s meeting with the Heat ended without a deal, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com tweets and according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel (Twitter link), his status remains up in the air.
- Wade will co-host ABC’s Live with Kelly on Thursday morning and Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link) wonders if the shooting guard will make his announcement then.
- Wade’s meetings with the Nuggets and Bucks are now complete, with the Heat set to finish out the day. The Bulls had been scheduled to meet with Wade today as well, but the team has cancelled the sit-down after its flight kept getting delayed, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Wojnarowski adds that if Wade has serious interest in Chicago, the club could travel to meet with him on Thursday.
- The Nuggets were “very happy” with how their Wade meeting went, league sources tell Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post (Twitter link). Denver is now waiting for the guard to meet with his other suitors and make a decision.
- After meeting with the Nuggets, Wade is sitting down with Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, says Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (Twitter links), who also confirms that Heat owner Micky Arison will get a sit-down with Wade later in the day.
- Wade’s meetings in New York are underway – with the Nuggets going first (Twitter link) – and a decision on his future could happen as soon as Wednesday night, league sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Wojnarowski adds that the exact amount of Denver’s offer to Wade is $52MM for two years.
- The Heat will meet with Wade in New York after all, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, who tweets that Micky Arison is hoping to “smooth things over” with the star guard.
- According to Kennedy (Twitter links), Mike Miller is involved in recruiting efforts for the Nuggets and will be in attendance for Denver’s pitch, while Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo are recruiting Wade for the Bulls. For the Bucks, Khris Middleton and Jason Kidd have reached out to Wade, tweets Kennedy.
- Wade and Heat owner Micky Arison may sit down for a one-on-one meeting today, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (via Twitter). However, nothing is scheduled between Wade and the Heat at this point, Wojnarowski says (via Twitter).
- The Cavaliers aren’t in the mix for Wade at the moment, since they don’t have money to offer him and don’t want to gut their roster, tweets Ethan J. Skolnick of The Miami Herald. Skolnick adds (via Twitter) that relations between Wade and the Heat currently seem to be at an “all-time low.”
- Wade’s meeting with the Bucks is back on, and will happen this afternoon in New York, reports Charles F. Gardner of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Twitter link). The veteran guard will also meet with the Bulls in New York, in addition to the Nuggets and Bucks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (Twitter link), who adds that the Heat may be added to Wade’s schedule as well.
- Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post, who believes the Nuggets are probably being used for leverage, reports that Denver has been unwilling so far to add a third year to its offer for Wade. Per Wojnarowski (via Twitter), the closest thing Wade has received to a three-year offer is from the Bulls, who proposed a partially-guaranteed third year.
- Although the Cavaliers and Wade are expected to talk soon, Cleveland doesn’t have much flexibility to offer Wade nearly the kind of money he’s looking for, barring significant roster moves and/or LeBron James taking a sizable pay cut, writes Jason Lloyd of The Akron Beacon Journal.