Dwyane Wade is a wanted man... outside of South Beach. The Denver Nuggets reportedly have an offer on the table north of $50 million for two years and there exist rumors the Cleveland Cavaliers would make space to pair up LeBron James with his good friend.
With seemingly how fractured the relationship reads between Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat organization, there is a chance Pat Riley will have to be concerned with filling some mighty big shoes in the next few days. Scanning free agent lists do not offer much solace, with the largest remaining names probably entailing Jared Sullinger, Allen Crabbe, and gulp, Dion Waiters or J.R. Smith.
The alternatives do not offer much hope, and for a general manager well known to not be a fan of long roster rebuilds, could Tyreke Evans potentially become of great interest to the Heat? Riley witnessed how Kobe Bryant's career winded down with the Lakers -- I have a hard time believing he's interested in watching Wade similarly keep the Heat captive until the resident superstar hangs them up.
Wade averaged 19.0 points, 4.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and .1 threes in 30.5 minutes per game. Evans averaged 15.2 points, 6.6 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 threes in 30.6 minutes per game. Have a look at how comparable the advanced statistics were too.
The numbers reside in the same ballpark, but stylistically the two talents are frighteningly similar: aggressive shooting guards who like to operate in the paint but are more than willing to get teammates involved. Erik Spoelstra and his existing schemes could have a seamless transition.
To take it a step further, Evans may actually represent the better option. They both have knee problems, so that's a wash. If last season wasn't a fluke, Evans' range now extends out to beyond the three point line. He is over seven years younger and still offers Riley a player in his prime. And if a 1-year trial works out -- Evans will be entering the final year of his existing contract -- the Heat could have an opportunity to add another core piece to pair alongside Hassan Whiteside. That's important, just ask Danny Ainge. Teams are tightly hanging onto the best players in the league.
Now, for the hard part -- envisioning a suitable deal between Dell Demps and Riley. David and I have recently referenced the New Orleans Pelicans consider a salary dump for Tyreke, so we don't need to go there a third time. However, I'm having difficultly of formulating a potential deal. More than likely another team needs to be brought into the mix, but I'm coming up blank.
So, I'm turning to you all. If you've got any interesting, realistic or simply out of left field ideas, let's here it in the comments below!