The Zaire Wade Recruiting Anomaly

Zaire Wade, the oldest son of NBA great Dwayne Wade, is entering his senior of high school this coming fall at Sierra Canyon in Los Angeles. He will be joined by LeBron’s son, Bronny James Jr. Dwayne Wade is determined to have his legacy carried on through his children, but right now, the future is not as bright as one would think for a child of an NBA Star. In fact, Zaire only has two D-1 offers from power 6 schools.

Zaire Wade currently has an offer from Nebraska and DePaul. Not exactly blue blood programs. Nebraska is coached by Fred Hoiberg who coached Dwayne at the Bulls and DePaul heavily recruited Dwayne until ultimately losing him to Marquette. One would think that the bloodline of the Wade family would be very attractive to recruiters. But currently, not a lot of programs seem to be taking the bait. However, the Wade’s are no stranger to a lack of attention. Dwayne Wade only had three offers going into college, but that was due to a lack of exposure.

Zaire, on the other hand, has been on the radar of every recruiter since he was first getting started in the AAU circuit. Which begs the question: why doesn’t anyone want this kid? Watch his highlights from his junior year and be the judge.

He looks pretty impressive and definitely has all kinds of untapped potential. My only guess for why he isn’t getting as much attention from top programs is that he isn’t playing the best competition. Watch the video again and look closely at the kids he is matched up against. Not exactly the competition that grabs the eye of a Coach K or John Calipari.

Hopefully, teaming up with Bronny Jr. out in Cali will get him even more exposure and hopefully they play some more talented competition. I think colleges need to see that he can be an elite competitor before they pull the trigger on a scholarship offer.

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Miami Heat: Lotto Reaction and Where to Go

Miami fans were not expecting anything impressive coming from the lottery. In fact, there was no reason to be disappointed when they got their predicted 13th pick. Sure, Heat fans can moan how the Pels and the Griz were able to jump up higher, but thats not the worst thing. In fact, even when looking over Miami’s lottery, I still think they kind of wish the could have swapper places with the Celtics for the 14th pick. Why? Well, the worst part about having this pick is that they can’t it.

With the salary cap being set at $109 million for the 2019-2020 season, the $129.6 million the Heat are expected to pay is well above, and that is without them D Wade and Haslem retiring, putting them at 10 active players on their roster. A rookie drafted in the thirteenth pick is given a backloaded 4 year, roughly $12.1 million contract. This means the eleventh player will add an additional $2.2 million to their books, and this is before they will, more than likely, go up to a 13-15 man roster.

Talk about a rough situation.

However, they can easily trade out of a few of those contracts. Josh Richardson is viewed as the best value contract in the NBA right now, and Kelly Olynk’s contract is not heinous. A title contender would/could acquire those guys in a heartbeat if it meant getting them over the edge (lookin’ at you Blazers and Raptors). However, what would they get back in return? Josh is borderline untradeable since he is the best player on the Heat, but Kelly would probably net a low level pick and an expiring contract back.

…but why?

The Heat are in a great place to acquire either a wing shooter, athletic wing, or a big. Which would be great if that is what they needed. The Heat desperately need a point guard, since they had Justice Winslow and Josh Richardson splitting those reps whenever Goran Dragic was hurt or resting. A few mocks has them slated to get Romeo Langford, Nassir Little, or Kevin Porter, Jr. I only see one that could be a viable option to be a backup point guard, and I can guarantee it isn’t the one some fans want to hear. Since all three are 6’6″ , have to use athleticism and ball-handling skills as the metric. Nassir Little is the best via film, since he may be the most athletic out of the three. However, KPJ may have the biggest upside of the three, so that may be a push internally with the evaluation process the Heat have shown these past few years.

If the Heat were smart, they would try and leverage the 13th pick and a player or two to move up. While I am sure the Hawks will be looking to move up themselves, I would find it hard to believe that they would turn down Josh Richardson for the 8th or 10th pick. I don’t know if that’d be the right move for the organization, but it would wipe a lot of money off of their books, and I am sure a team like the Thunder would gladly take Olynk and give up a pick to do so. The Heat are in a great position to leverage some of their contracts for picks, so I hope they can do that and get out of the tax.

May be asking: what’s the worst case scenario for all us Heat fans out there in the world, Buck?

Easy. Y’all draft Bol Bol.

Enjoy that trash medical and the fact he’ll back up the biggest contract waste in the NBA.

Dwayne Wade Has Lost Hope In LeBron James

Dwayne Wade and LeBron James have officially played their last game together in the 2019 NBA All-Star game. Maybe this wasn’t the reunion tour we needed though. Something happened in the game that made me cringe worse than when Draymond Green pounds his chest after getting his 6th point in the 4th quarter.

LeBron and D-Wade had an incredible run in Miami. They gave us some of the best sports memories of all time. Getting busted by JJ Berea, being dominated by the Big Fundamental, needing Ray Allen to bail them out and then this alley-oop that, like Rudolph, will go down in history.

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Flash forward a couple years to the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. The fans wanted one thing from Dwayne Wade and LeBron: recreate that dunk.

Close enough, a lot of people thought. But it kinda ruined the game for me. Look at the two pictures: do these look different to you? I knew all those years of finding the 5 differences in the doctor’s office waiting room would come in handy.

First picture: D-Wade throws the ball of the backboard and knows for certain that no matter where the ball comes off, LeBron would make it happen. Doesn’t even need to look. Second Picture: Wade has to make sure that he throws it perfectly off the backboard and has doubts that LeBron will finish the play. He needs to look back to make sure.

Dwayne Wade has lost faith in LeBron James. Sad because they would have been one of the best duos ever if Dirk didn’t have something to say about it.