CLEVELAND– Dwyane Wade is nearing a commitment to sign with the Cavaliers, according to a new report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
According to the report, sources said that Wade’s “desire to join a contender,” made him choose Cleveland over a return to the Miami Heat.
Wade’s free agent process officially kicked off on Monday.
Wade was placed on waivers late Monday after reaching a buyout with the Chicago Bulls, and it will take 48 hours for him to clear waivers. Once he does, he will officially be a free agent and can sign to whichever team he chooses.
According to an earlier report from Wojnarowski, Cleveland is a “clear front-runner” to land Wade because of LeBron James, but he was reportedly also considering a return to Miami or going to San Antonio.
On Monday at Cavaliers’ media day, James touched on the possibility of a reunion with Wade in Cleveland.
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“I would love to have D-Wade a part of this team,” he said. “I think he brings another championship DNA, championship pedigree. He brings another playmaker to the team who can get guys involved that can make plays, and also just has a great basketball mind.
“I think it would be great to have him here. … Obviously I’ve talked to D-Wade throughout the whole summer, and I probably will reach out to him as well, but it’s really not up to me. It’s kind of up to D-Wade if he can clear waivers, and then it’s up to our front office. But I hope that we can bring him here. I would love to have him.”
Last season, Wade averaged 18 points and four assists while in Chicago.