Dwyane Wade was offered a “monster offer” to play in China next season. Will Wade leave the NBA and play overseas?
First off, let’s get straight to the money that’s on the table. The “monster offer” was a three-year, $25 million. That is not a monster offer, especially considering that Wade made $20 million two years ago with the Chicago Bulls.
My guess is that the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, the team that made the offer, wanted to make headlines. Wade is worth more than a little more than $8 million a year. He will draw a lot of interest and will be the biggest name to play in China next season if he were to accept the offer.
It is a monster offer in China though so they did think they were giving him a lot of money. They should have realized that in the United States, that is not a lot of money to a professional basketball athlete. If Wade were to accept, he would be the highest paid basketball player in China.
Wade is 36 years old and is in decline. He can’t be the number one option anymore and won’t be able to contribute that much in an NBA team. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have much to offer. He can bring veteran leadership and he was a key player for the Miami Heat in last year’s playoff.
If Wade were to sign with the Golden Bulls, he would be making more than he would in Miami. The Heat can only offer him the mid-level taxpayer-exception of $5.3 million. At this point in his career, I don’t think Wade is going to care about a few million dollars.
More likely, Wade will want to retire as a Miami Heat. That is the team that he considers home and ended up being traded to by the Cleveland Cavaliers last year. China deserves credit for trying to steal a high-level NBA player but they won’t be getting Wade.