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It was said that a “monster” offer was waiting for Dwyane Wade and that offer finally came.
It just happened to come from China.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of China offered the free-agent guard a deal for three years and around $25 million.
That trumps what the Heat can offer Wade — which would be either the $5.3 million taxpayer mid-level exception, or the $2.3 million minimum salary.
That said, Wade appears more likely to either return to the Heat or retire, as opposed to heading to China for three years. The Heat recently reached out to Wade to see what type of contract he is seeking. They would like for him to return.
Meanwhile, Wade is beloved in China and has spoken many times about how he enjoys his time there.
The 36-year-old guard had an eventful year this past season. He started off playing with pal LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it wasn’t the right fit for the Chicago native, as Wade’s heart and mind were still in South Beach.
So, the Cavs did Wade — and themselves — a favor by trading the guard to the Heat at the trade deadline. Wade was much more comfortable and productive in Miami, averaging 12.0 points in the 21 games in which he appeared.
Wade turned back the clock a few times during the Heat’s first-round playoff loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He scored 28 points in the Game 2 win and 25 in the Game 4 loss.
Ashish Mathur contributed to this report.