Updated 12:37 PM EST, Sun, Dec 05, 2021

Dwyane Wade Trade News & Rumors: Star Leaving Miami Heat for the LA Lakers?

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Since being drafted by the Miami Heat as the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Dwyane Wade became the face of the franchise and he led them to three NBA championships.

That might be good enough to believe that Wade will remain as a Heat for the rest of his career. However, that might not be the case.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst reported that both camps will discuss the contract next week and it would be interesting to know if they could meet halfway.

"The sides have not formally spoken in some time," Shelburne and Windhorst's report claimed. "They had discussed a new contract for around $10 million per year for up to three years beyond his current deal, sources said."

But according to a report by Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, Dwyane Wade is aiming for a huge contract that is worth $20 million per season.

"A Wade associate has told people that Wade would welcome a contract averaging $20 million annually over the next three years," says the report.

The main reason why Wade and the Heat are having a contract dispute is they want the player to take a significant paycut so the management could further upgrade the roster.

"We've heard the Heat would prefer Wade opt in for $16 million next season, then take a very significant pay cut over the following two years. But it's important to note that those numbers were not confirmed by the Heat, which obviously isn't saying what it will offer when formal offers can be made July 1," Jackson added.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported that in case the negotiations between the Heat and Wade breakdown, the Los Angeles Lakers is a likely destination for the 33-year-old guard.

"While many execs still see Wade/Heat as contract saber rattling, a Wade option will be the Lakers. Mutual interest, per league sources," Mannix reported.

Mannix further explained why Wade would still be a good fit in L.A., tweeting, "Hard to see L.A. offering Wade a better chance to win than Miami, especially in the West. But it is L.A., and they do have money to burn."

Meanwhile, Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman tried to get some insights from Wade regarding his future during game 2 of the NBA Finals but Wade only said, "I'll worry about that in July."

Winderman also tried to get a word from Wade's agent but he as well answered with uncertainty. "He's had a tremendous career [with the Heat] and we're just trying to see whether or not there's room to continue that." 

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