Zhejiang Golden Bulls offer Dwyane Wade US$20 million to join the Chinese Basketball Association
Rival deal comes hot on heels of ‘monster’ move linking 12-time All-Star to Xinjiang Flying Tigers
Wade had been in China to sign a “lifetime” deal with shoe manufacturer Li-Ning as part of his commercial tour.
Veteran basketball reporter Jia Lei reported on Sina Weibo that the Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank Golden Bulls, based in Yiwu, are ready to table an offer of US$20 million over three years for the 36-year-old.
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News at the weekend had linked the Xinjiang Flying Tigers were in contact with a “monster deal” to entice the 12-time NBA All-Star to Urumqi.
Wade is an unrestricted free agent after leaving the Miami Heat for a second time. He had rejoined them earlier this year after stints at hometown team the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He is the biggest name on the list of players yet to sign a deal.
He said he would postpone any decision until after his return from China but a decision is expected soon on his next move and whether he would call time on his 15-year NBA career.
Wade would be the first multi-NBA champion to move to the CBA. He won it three times in 2006, 2012 and 2013 as well as gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Inner Mongolian player Mengke Bateer won a championship ring with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003 before returning to the CBA.
Wade’s former Cleveland teammate JR Smith played for the Golden Bulls during the NBA lockout.