What would it take for Dwyane Wade to ever come back to the Miami Heat? After such a dramatic and seemingly contentious exit from South Beach, it seems crazy to think about a future reunion between the two parties, especially when Pat Riley seems so upset by Wade’s departure. Wade’s former teammate Udonis Haslem is already thinking about it though. He may even go so far as to buy Wade’s Miami home from him just to hold it for the Hall of Fame shooting guard for when he can convince him to sign back with Miami.
Haslem told reporters this weekend that he’s going to try to be reunited with Wade some day soon, but that he wasn’t thinking of joining the Chicago Bulls to do it. He doesn’t want to give up on the idea of playing in a Heat uniform with Wade once again. From the Miami Herald:
So is there a realistic chance Haslem and Wade could be reunited?
“I’m going to damn sure try,” Haslem told me. “I mean, I don’t know. I guess I’ve got to wait until next summer to see how that goes. But, I never give up without a fight. So there’s ain’t no time to start now.”
Would Haslem consider leaving the Heat to do so?
“I didn’t say that,” Haslem said. “I was thinking more him of him coming here. I never said that. I won’t ever say that. When I said play with him again, I never said leave.
“He’s trying to sell his house down here. I might just buy it and hold it for him.”
Obviously, this is all ridiculously premature since Wade hasn’t even played his first game for the Bulls yet. He signed a two-year, $47.5 million contract this summer but the second year is a player option. Wade could decline to exercise his player option and become an unrestricted free agent in 2017 to go through the process all over again. If he’s doing that, it’s so the 34-year old guard can secure one last long-term deal to take him through the end of his career or close to it.
Could that be with the Heat? LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for Miami and after Dan Gilbert’s ridiculous letter about LeBron in 2010, James came back in 2014 to eventually bring home a championship. Kevin Garnett allowed a trade to the Boston Celtics in 2007 and shortly after Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor caused a long-time rift between him and KG by questioning Garnett’s effort toward the end of a meaningless 2007. It took Flip Saunders taking over the organization as president and coach to help Garnett get over such inflammatory accusations and agree to be traded back to the Wolves in 2014 to mentor their young pieces.
Those two situations required a lot of time between to heal the wounds of discontent. If Haslem is going to start working on Wade to come back to Miami, is just one year long enough to get both sides to move on from their pride? Are we sure Wade would even want to leave Chicago after just one season? Stranger things have happened in free agency over the years, but a lot has to happen in the meantime.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Udonis Haslem wants to convince Dwyane Wade to come back to Miami