Zaire Wade, the 19-year-old son of Jazz co-owner Dwyane Wade, was drafted by the Salt Lake City Stars in the NBA G League Draft on Saturday morning.
The selection officially ended a complicated process that brought Wade to the stars. Players are not allowed to sign directly with G League teams, but rather with the league as a whole, after which they go through the G League draft. So, for Wade to end up with his favorite team, he had to be drafted by Salt Lake City.
So it’s fair to say that Zaire and the Wade family were awaiting his selection at No.10 – but that didn’t make the celebrations any less cheerful.
Wade moved during his high school career, playing Sierra Canyon alongside LeBron James’ son, then to Brewster Academy, where Donovan Mitchell also spent time in high school. Wade, the future high school student ranked 296 according to 247Sports, was recruited by UC Santa Barbara, DePaul, Nebraska, Rhode Island, TCU, South Carolina and Toledo, but decided not to go to college. Instead, he will use the G League as the first step in his professional basketball career.
Because he is still eligible for the NBA Draft, Wade is not allowed to be called up for the Jazz. Instead, he will stay with the G League Salt Lake City Stars and develop his game to minor league level, with the goal of impressing NBA teams in next year’s draft.
The Stars also drafted Bellarmine goalie Pedro Bradshaw with the No. 10 selection in the second round of the draft, and Binghamton goalie JC Show with the same selection in the third round. They are expected to fight for places on the team at training camp.
Other notable selections from Saturday’s G League draft include:
• Former NBA goalie Brandon Knight moves up to 6th in Sioux Falls (Miami G League affiliate)
• Former NBA goalie Lance Stephenson moves up to 13th in Grand Rapids (Denver G League branch)
• Brother of NBA Guards LaMelo and Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo Ball, becoming No.14 in Greensboro (subsidiary of Charlotte’s G League)
• Former BYU TJ Haws moves up to 15th at Lakeland (Orlando G League branch)
As a G League rookie, Wade will earn $ 37,000 next season with the Stars.