Dwyane Wade is reportedly on the verge of joining up with LeBron James once more by signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year $2.3 million veterans minimum deal.
Wade became an unrestricted free agent after he agreed to a contract buyout with the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. He now looks set to join up with James once more after the two spent four seasons winning two NBA Championships together at the Miami Heat before LeBron left for Cleveland.
This relationship gave the Cavaliers the edge past the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami in the race for the 35-year-old's signature, but there was one other team not listed that was interested in Wade, according to reports.
According to HoopsHype, the Golden State Warriors placed a call of their own to Wade’s camp to express interest in acquiring his services, which is a very interesting move by the current NBA Champions.
A move to the Warriors would almost tick all the boxes for the shooting guard, as it would provide him with an opportunity to win another title before he decides to call it a day on his career. However, there was one big obstacle that ultimately stopped Wade from going to the West coast.
HoopsHype has reported that the uncertainty over what role Wade would play with Golden State meant that talks between the two parties were brief, leading to him opting to join up with LeBron once more and sign with their NBA Finals opponents instead.
At this stage of his career and with the talent of the rest of the squad surrounding him, it would have been difficult for Wade to get starting minutes at the Warriors. He wouldn't receive the nod ahead of Klay Thompson at shooting guard.
At the Cavaliers, however, it's a different story, as Wade could be starting ahead of J.R. Smith at shooting guard, with Smith returning to his role as the sixth man, something which he said he wasn't too bothered about during the team's media day this week.
We may not know the role Cleveland has planned exactly yet for Wade, but what we do know is that the role is clearly defined enough for him to reportedly accept a deal with the team over the Warriors.