Dwyane Wade is yet to make an official decision regarding his contract situation with the Chicago Bulls. However, the latest report revealed that the 35-year-old shooting guard is leaning toward picking up his $24 million player option to play with the Bulls for another season.
Last summer, Dwyane Wade left the Miami Heat and joined the Chicago Bulls. Wade revealed that it has been his dream to play for his hometown team. He also opened the possibility that he’ll retire in Chicago. Wade signed a two-year, $47 million contract with the Bulls which has a player option in the second year.
Dwyane Wade staying in Chicago even without Jimmy Butler
After suffering an early exit in the NBA Playoffs 2017, there were speculations that the Bulls plan to trade Jimmy Butler and start rebuilding the team. If Butler will be traded, Dwyane Wade sees no reason to stay. During the 2016-17 NBA season, Wade revealed that Butler was the reason why he joined the Bulls.
He also made it clear that he’s not interested in playing for a rebuilding team. However, everything changes days before the free agency officially started. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Wade will pick his $24 million player option with the Bulls whether they trade Butler or not.
“While Wade is monitoring the situation with Butler and how the Bulls approach this week’s NBA draft, sources indicated that he’s leaning toward picking up his player option regardless of what the Bulls do in the next week. Wade has come to enjoy Chicago and playing in his hometown. He also is unlikely to command an annual salary in that range anywhere else, and after sacrificing to take less in Miami for several years, sources said Wade is unlikely to do so again in Chicago or elsewhere this season,” Shelburne reported.
Dwyane Wade to Cleveland Cavaliers unlikely to happen
With the recent reports, it seems like Wade isn’t interested in chasing for another ring. After the Cleveland Cavaliers failed to defend their throne, Wade emerged as one of the Cavs’ potential targets this offseason. However, in order to reunite with LeBron James, he needs to accept less money. As of now, the Cavaliers are already buried in the salary-cap hell.
As most people think, other NBA teams will not pay much for an aging superstar like Wade. At 35, there is no doubt that he’s already on the near end of his career. If the Bulls trade Butler, Wade is expected to provide guidance and mentorship on Chicago’s young core.