According to ESPN, Dwyane Wade’s representatives have sent out feelers to the Dallas Mavericks to gauge the Mavs’ interest in signing him.
Now that one probably made a lot of Mavericks fans laugh.
Not that Wade can’t help the Mavericks win some games. But Mavericks’ fans probably dislike Wade more than any player in the NBA besides DeAndre Jordan, who shunned the Mavericks last summer during free agency.
Wade got the benefit of numerous calls from the officials when his Miami Heat rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Mavericks in six games in the 2006 NBA Finals. Mavericks fans didn’t particular care for the perceived special attention Wade received -- and extra free throws he attempted -- at their favorite team’s expense.
And when the Mavs met the Heat before Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals, LeBron James and Wade were videotaped mocking and coughing and laughing about a serious cough which Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was trying to shake at the time.
And now he wants to play with Nowitzki and the Mavericks?
Nowitzki, at the time, said the insensitivity of Wade and James was "a little childish and a little ignorant.’’
The Los Angeles Times also reported that the Mavericks are expected to speak with Los Angeles Clippers small forward Jamal Crawford during free agency. Crawford, 36, averaged 14 points per game last season.
Meanwhile, Wade is apparently in a free agent stalemate with the Heat over a new contract, and now he wants the Mavericks to help him out by coughing over a few extra bucks. But is this just a ploy by the player who was paid $20 million last season by the Heat?
Wade helped the Heat win three world titles and has played his entire 13-year career with the Heat. That leaves some to think the talented shooting guard is just trying to use other teams as a negotiating tactic to pry some more money away from the Heat.
No word yet on if the Mavericks are taking Wade serious and have any plans to meet with him. But more than a few folks would love to be a fly on the wall during that conversation – if it happens.
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