The Los Angeles Lakers have significantly improved their roster this offseason by selecting Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick at the 2017 NBA Draft and trading D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov for Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick (Kyle Kuzma). Los Angeles then improved at the shooting guard position by signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal.
Caldwell-Pope was not initially available this summer until the Detroit Pistons renounced his rights and made him an unrestricted free agent. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Lakers had their eyes set on acquiring Dwyane Wade if he became available:
“After Dwyane Wade opted back into his contract for this year and then Jimmy Butler got traded, Dwyane was trying to figure out, ‘Are we going to go forward here in Chicago?’ He’s going to get his money, he’s going to get that 20-plus million, but the Lakers had interest if Chicago was willing to potentially trade him or if Dwyane had gotten a buyout in Chicago. The Lakers absolutely had interest in signing him, but once that space got filled up by Caldwell-Pope, that wasn’t on the board.”
Wade, 35, seems to be near the end of his certain Hall-of-Fame career. He recently expressed his affinity for Kobe Bryant, saying he is the second-best shooting guard in league history, but Wade will also be in the conversation when it is all said and done.
The shooting guard won three titles with the Miami Heat and returned back to his hometown as a free agent last summer. After losing to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, the Bulls traded away Jimmy Butler and lost Rajon Rondo to the New Orleans Pelicans in free agency.
Wade averaged 18 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in his first Bulls season.