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How much is Dwyane Wade worth on the open market?
He’s pretty worthless defensively at this point. He has never made 32 percent of his three-pointers in a season. He’ll certainly never play a full 82-game season again. He probably tops out at around 65, and won’t give you more than 28 minutes per night. He’s too slow to run a proper pick-and-roll. His effective field goal percentage last season was lower than Andre Roberson’s. In literally every one of Roberson’s career seasons.
What is market value for a volume scorer in his mid-30s who doesn’t do much of anything else?
Joe Johnson’s two-year, $22 million deal from last summer is a nice launching point. Except Johnson is a 37 percent three-point shooter for his career. And, he’s so big that Utah saw a natural transition to power forward for him that simply isn’t possible for Wade. Johnson doesn’t give you Wade’s passing or general sneakiness, but he’s a lot easier to make sense of in 2017. Gun to my head, I’d rather have Joe Johnson on my basketball team than Wade right now.
The Bulls owe Wade almost $24 million for next season. Why the hell would he pass on that?
There is nothing left for Dwyane Wade to do in basketball. He has played for his hometown team and created a second home for himself in Miami. He’s won three championships and played for Team USA. He has awards and All-Star appearances and a surefire Hall of Fame resume. He’s one of the 30 best players ever.
What would one more championship even do for him? Let’s say he were the sixth man on a Cleveland team that won it all next season. Does that push him from, I don’t know, the No. 29 all-time spot to No. 26? Is that something Wade should even care about?
Nobody is questioning Dwyane Wade’s legacy. He has absolutely nothing to prove to anyone. Even himself. He said as much when he openly declared he wasn’t interested in ring-chasing. He should just collect whatever money the NBA is willing to pay him and call it a career with his health still intact.
Maybe Wade has made some promises to LeBron James behind closed doors. Or maybe he’d be interested in spending a few years with Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul before it’s all said and done. But these aren’t things we can predict without insider information. Based on what is available to us right now, Dwyane Wade should be expected to grab every penny he can because he’s earned it. He’s not someone we should be treating as a chess piece in this arms race between the Warriors and Cavs. He’s a Hall-of-Famer on the way down who has every right to enjoy the NBA lifestyle for a few more years without ridiculous speculation on how interested he might be in winning a fourth piece of jewelry he could afford to just buy himself if he really wanted.
Wade’s staying in Chicago. There’s no good reason not to.
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