Zaire Wade officially drafted by Salt Lake City Stars — to much Wade family rejoicing

Miami Heat Guard Dwyane Wade, right, speaks while his son Zaire, left, looks on during a ceremony honoring Wade, who will play his last regular season home game, as the Heat made the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Miami aligns. Wade will retire at the end of the season. (AP photo / Lynne Sladky)

Zaire Wade, the 19-year-old son of jazz partner Dwyane Wade, was drafted into the NBA G League draft by the Salt Lake City Stars on Saturday morning.

The selection officially ended a complicated process that took Wade to the stars. Players are not allowed to sign directly with G-League teams, but with the entire league, after which they go through the G-League draft. In order for Wade to land with his preferred team, he had to be drafted by Salt Lake City.

So it’s fair to say that Zaire and the Wade family were counting on his 10th spot – but that didn’t make the celebrations any less joyful.

Wade moved around his high school career, playing alongside LeBron James’ son in the Sierra Canyon, and then going to Brewster Academy, where Donovan Mitchell also spent some time in high school. Wade, the high school candidate ranked 296 by 247Sports, was recruited from UC Santa Barbara, DePaul, Nebraska, Rhode Island, TCU, South Carolina, and Toledo, but chose not to go to college. Instead, he will use the G League as a first step in his professional basketball career.

However, since he is still eligible for the NBA draft, Wade may not be called up for the jazz. Instead, he will stick with the G League Salt Lake City Stars and develop his game at the minor league level to impress the NBA teams as they draft next year.

The stars also drafted Bellarmine Guard Pedro Bradshaw with the number 10 selection in the second round of the draft and Binghamton Guard JC Show with the same selection in the third round. They are expected to fight for places on the team during the training camp.

Other notable selections in Saturday’s G-League draft include:

• Former NBA guard Brandon Knight in 6th place after Sioux Falls (Miami’s G League subsidiary)

• Former NBA security guard Lance Stephenson joins Grand Rapids (Denver’s G League subsidiary) in 13th place

• Brother of NBA guards LaMelo and Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo Ball, in 14th place after Greensboro (Charlotte’s G-League daughter)

• BYU alum TJ Haws in 15th place after Lakeland (Orlando’s G League subsidiary)

As a G League draftee, Wade will earn $ 37,000 with the stars next season.

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