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NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls expect Dwyane Wade to pick up $23.8 million player option

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Dwyane Wade is yet to decide whether he will opt out of the final year of his contract or stay with the Chicago Bulls. The latest report revealed that the Bulls are expecting Wade will opt in and stay in Chicago for another season.

Last summer, Dwyane Wade decided to leave the Miami Heat and join his hometown team, Chicago Bulls. Wade revealed that it has been his dream to play for the Bulls, hinting the possibility that he’ll end his career in Chicago. However, after the Bulls suffered an early exit in the NBA Playoffs 2017, Wade’s future in Chicago becomes uncertain.

Chicago Bulls want Dwyane Wade to stay for another season

K.C. Johnson of Chicago Tribune recently answered questions from fans about Dwyane Wade. When asked about his opinion on Wade’s potential departure this summer, Johnson revealed that several people associated with the Bulls believe that the veteran shooting guard will pick up his $23.8 player option to return next season.

“And all I can tell you is most everyone associated with the Bulls believes Wade will pick up the option and remain in Chicago for the second season. More surprising things have happened in league history, though. So stay tuned. Wade’s player option decision is due by June 27 according to The Vertical’s Bobby Marks. Most previous reporting pegged it to June 30,” Johnson said.

Most people don’t see other NBA teams giving Wade a huge offer if ever he becomes a free agent this summer. In the coming weeks, Wade is expected to talk to the Bulls’ organization regarding the direction they want to take. If the Bulls trade Jimmy Butler, there is no way Wade will stay in Chicago. If he leaves, the 35-year-old shooting guard may consider rejoining the Heat or reunite with Lebron James in Cleveland.

Dwyane Wade opens to mentor young players

At 35, there is no doubt that Wade is already on the near end of his career. It will be interesting to see Wade ending his career playing for a title contender. However, he’s also open to spending the remaining years in the NBA mentoring young players.

“I don’t need to ring chase, but I can. It’s a great luxury to have,” Wade said. “Or I can be a part of passing down my knowledge to younger players. It’s either way. Whatever I decide, I’m going to embrace whatever role I have on a team. you want to be the best at whatever role is presented to you. I’ve always been that way.”

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