By: Bill Tewes
After cancelling a meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks yesterday, free agent Dwyane Wade has rescheduled the meeting and is set to meet with Bucks management this afternoon. Just days after Kevin Durant shocked the sports world and signed with Golden State, another NBA superstar may be on the move. Milwaukee Bucks fans are definitely familiar with the idea of Wade in a Bucks jersey.
Alex Kennedy via twitter suggested that Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Khris Middleton is actively recruiting Wade with the help of coach Jason Kidd. Middleton knows Wade well as they have previously worked out in the offseason together and has credited Wade for his vast improvements over the past year. Last year there were rumors that the Bucks were significantly interested in luring Wade away from South Beach. Wade signed a one-year deal to stay with Miami and is now set to meet with Bucks management this Wednesday after reportedly being disgruntled at Miami’s initial contract offer.
Milwaukee would most definitely have to trade Greg Monroe in order for them to land Wade. The Bucks would miss Monroe’s paint presence offensively, but would gain a future Hall of Famer in Wade and a hometown hero from his days at Marquette. Wade would immediately bring veteran leadership that the Bucks so desperately need to a team that has lacked solid leadership. I would expect Milwaukee to put Wade as our starting point guard to run the floor and give opportunities to Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Parker.
The one obvious concern with signing Wade is that he has had perpetual knee injuries over the course of his career. He is now 34 years old, but is also coming off a year where he played 74 games (most since he played 77 in 2009) and had one hell of a playoff run for Miami this year. Wade shot 47% from the field last year (per basketball-reference.com) and has been working without the likes of LeBron James and Chris Bosh for the better part of the last 2-3 seasons.
Miami has reportedly upped their offer to a two-year deal worth $40 million for Wade’s services, but that offer appears to be falling short of what Wade can get from other interested teams (Denver, Milwaukee and even Chicago are in the mix). While Wade might be using Milwaukee as leverage, it does seem interesting that he is still willing to visit with Bucks management. Wednesday’s meeting (which is expected to happen this afternoon if not already) certainly has intrigue and who knows what Wade’s thoughts are about joining this young team. Experts suggested Milwaukee had slim to no chance of signing Greg Monroe, and he’s on the roster.
Whether or not Wade fits the “scheme” in Milwaukee, this signing would be a huge boost to a team who is on the verge of competing in the Eastern Conference. If Wade ended up signing with Milwaukee and had 2-3 productive years while giving the Bucks a sound locker-room presence, I do not think we could ask for much more. Wade would not have to post All-Star caliber numbers and the pressure for him to be the teams’ top player would be alleviated, while also alleviating pressure from Milwaukee’s young up and comers. It seems like Milwaukee will have to guarantee Wade three years if he wants to sign with the team and that might be exactly what Lasry, Edens and company would do to lure Wade away from Miami.