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Former SLC Stars Guard Zaire Wade Signs With Basketball Africa League Team
SALT LAKE CITY – Former Salt Lake City Stars guard Zaire Wade signed a contract to play for the Basketball Africa League’s Cape Town Tigers.
The BAL announced Wade’s addition to the Tigers on Friday, February 3.
The guard is the son of NBA legend and Utah Jazz part-owner Dwyane Wade.
ESPN’s Marc Spears was the first to report Wade’s signing.
“Congratulations @Zaire Wade!” the Basketball Africa League tweeted. “From @theBAL Combine to the Cape Town Tigers Stay tuned…”
Congratulations @Zaire Wade! ✍🏾💥
From @theBAL Combine to the Cape Town Tigers 🇿🇦
Stay tuned… 👀⏳ pic.twitter.com/BftI5CTQy7
— Basketball Africa League (@theBAL) February 3, 2023
Wade recently participated in the BAL Combine.
The event was held in France in January and was led by former Jazz head coach Quin Snyder.
Wade’s father also attended the Combine in Paris.
Zaire Wade cooking up at #thebal Combine in front of @DwyaneWade! 💥 @zaire pic.twitter.com/YKYdFdGKcl
— Basketball Africa League (@theBAL) January 16, 2023
Last season, the younger Wade played in the NBA’s G League. Wade was a member of the Jazz’s G League affiliate, the Stars.
The Sierra Canyon and Brewster Academy product joined the Stars in October 2021.
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Before turning pro, Wade held scholarship offers to Rhode Island, Nebraska, Depaul, South Carolina, and Toledo. Rather than play college basketball, the guard decided to become a professional basketball player.
Wade was selected by Salt Lake City with the 10th overall pick in the 2021 G League Draft.
During his time with the Stars, Wade averaged 1.8 points per contest on 26.7 percent shooting. He also averaged 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 18.6 minutes per game. He played in 12 games for the Stars.
His father, Dwyane, was the fifth overall pick by the Miami Heat in the 2003 NBA Draft. The elder Wade was a 13-time NBA All-Star, eight-time All-NBA member, and three-time world champion. He became a part-owner of the Jazz in April 2021.
The Stars currently own an 8-8 record this season. Salt Lake City’s next game is at Vivint Arena against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The game will start at 7 p.m. (MDT) and can be heard on KSLSports.com.