Dwyane Wade is very likely approaching buyout discussions with the Chicago Bulls, and with Carmelo Anthony landing in Oklahoma City on Saturday ... well, it's easy to wonder if Wade won't be far behind.
Wade supposedly has been leaning toward a reunion with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, his former teammate with the Miami Heat.
But Wade is also tight with Anthony, who waived a no-trade clause so the Knicks could finalize a deal with OKC (for forward Doug McDermott, center Enes Kanter and a second-round pick). Anthony will join reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star forward Paul George, also new to OKC.
And if OKC is good enough for Anthony, hey, maybe it will be good enough for Wade as well.
It's all speculation, just something for conversation.
And Yahoo Sports NBA writer Chris Mannix tweeted out this very thought.
"Have to wonder if OKC is now sitting on a Dwyane Wade buyout," Mannix wrote. "Can't offer money, even starting role -- but Russ, PG and Melo could sell hard."
So, Wade to the Thunder?
Obviously, he needs to resolve things with the Bulls first. Plus, joining James, staying out of the West and avoiding the Golden State Warriors until the Finals may be in Wade's best interest.
But there may be a job for him in OKC, and now, Wade has a close friend there, too.