There is a lot of speculation around the NBA about where the big name free agents will land this summer when they officially become free agents on July 1st this summer.
Even though everyone will be looking forward to the decision that LeBron James makes on or after July 1st, there are quite a few big name players that will also have a big decision to make. The one player that will be getting a lot of attention during this free agency period besides LeBron James will be superstar guard Dwyane Wade.
Despite Dwyane Wade claiming that his “heart” is in Miami, and who can blame him with that weather, he was asked recently if he would consider signing with the Chicago Bulls. Much like the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers, the Chicago Bulls will most likely be looking to add one of these big name players in the offseason as they are arguably one player away from becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference once again.
Personally, I believe that Dwyane Wade would be the perfect fit in Chicago as he would compliment center Joakim Noah and point guard Derrick Rose perfectly! The combination of these players would without a doubt in my mind be a winning combination, but Wade still says despite his love for Chicago that he will most likely be staying in Miami.
Ever since the Miami Heat won the NBA title in 2006 with a brilliant NBA Finals series against the Dallas Mavericks, Dwyane Wade and company haven’t been able to get back to that championship caliber.
After the 2006 season, future hall of fame center Shaquille O’Neal went from one of the most dominant players in the league to nothing more than a glorified role player.
Ultimately, Shaq was traded to the Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat replaced him with Jermaine O’Neal.
Unfortunately, much like Shaq, Jermaine O’Neal is on the downside of his career and is turning out to be a bust for the Miami Heat. With Jermaine’s body quickly breaking down and the future not looking very bright for the former All-Star, the Heat will almost certainly look to upgrade the position in the offseason through a very talented free agent class.
Miami Heat president and former head coach Pat Riley has already stated that his first priority this offseason is to re-sign Dwyane Wade. This is no surprise, but Riley has also said that he will do everything within his power to sign big name players in order to surround Wade with the talent he needs and create a possible dynasty in Miami.
There are three teams this summer with a lot money to spend in free agency with the New York Knicks leading the way followed by the Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat. All three of these teams will almost certainly looked completely different next season, but the question is who will be going where?
Dwyane Wade has already said that he wants to stay in Miami, but if the team can make considerable upgrades this summer I won’t be surprised to see him go elsewhere and play for a team like the Chicago Bulls.