Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Dwyane Wade Free Agent Target After Miami Heat Contract Dispute? Kevin Love Returning With Tristan Thompson

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Jun 03, 2015 03:48 PM EDT
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Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat talks with LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat talks with LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on April 2, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio."

The Cleveland Cavaliers are into the NBA finals, but this offseason they have numerous questions and with Kevin Love likely returning for LeBron James, the team has to deal with signing Tristan Thompson and this comes as Dwyane Wade could be a free agent target if he opts out of his contract with the Miami Heat this summer.

The Cavaliers are pushing for a championship this year, but moving forward they have Kevin Love with the ability to opt out and be a free agent, while Tristan Thompson is a restricted free agent. Thompson is a target to stay with the Cavaliers on a qualifying offer and the team may try and sign him to an extension. According to Pro Basketball Talk, Love said "yes sir" when asked if he expected to be with the Cavaliers for Game 1 of next season and that came after tons of speculation that he could opt out.

Love has an option for this coming season and he can be a free agent next summer for the Cavaliers if he plays out his contract. Love has been rumored to be a target for numerous teams if he opts out, including the Lakers and the Celtics. According to Dave McMenamin, Love said he expects to be with the Cavaliers, but that has not stopped the speculation by some in the media. Love has been out since Game 4 against the Celtics with a shoulder issue.

According to the Miami Herald, Wade and the Heat have been at odds over how to move forward, as the team wants more "financial flexibility" in the hopes of landing a big free agent like Kevin Durant in 2016. The team also is keeping in mind the fact that they have to sign back Goran Dragic after trading for him this season and on the horizon is Hassan Whiteside, who will be a free agent in the coming years.

In finals news, the Cleveland Cavaliers are coming into the NBA championship series ready to play against a tough Golden State Warriors team and Kyrie Irving likely will be limited, as he will not be 100 percent coming into Game 1. That means LeBron will be without Kevin Love and a fully healthy Irving as he tries to win a championship with the Cavs.

The series starts this week after both conference finals ended early and that has given Irving some time to recover following the Hawks series. According to Pro Basketball Talk, it will take a "miracle" for Irving to be 100 percent for the first game of the series, but he is "very likely" to play. Irving has not been healthy for the majority of the playoffs and there is a chance he could be on a "minutes restriction" for the game, according to Rick Noland on Twitter.

LeBron James has played like an MVP over the stretch of the playoffs and he said he is playing his "best basketball" coming into the series. Irving said that he will be able to play in Game 1 and while he is not 100 percent, he has no issues playing with pain and there is a chance he could have a limit in how much he plays early on. 

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