Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade was ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a sprain and fractured elbow. There are speculations that Wade will exercise his player option to become a free agent this summer. Will D-Wade rejoin the Miami Heat next season?
Wade’s recent injury is a nightmare for the Bulls as they are currently battling for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They are currently in the 10th spot in the East just one win behind the No. 8 seeds Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat. The outcome of the 2016-17 NBA season will play a major role in Wade’s decision this summer.
Dwyane Wade signed a two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls with a player option on the season year. He is now 35 and definitely wants to end his career on a winning team. However, according to K.C. Johnson of Chicago Tribune, Wade said that it’s too early to talk about his decision in the upcoming offseason.
If the Bulls manage to enter the playoffs, the three-time NBA champion expressed his intention to play once he’s cleared. Jimmy Butler suffered the same injury in 2015 and missed 11 games. As of now, coach Fred Hoiberg is currently choosing between three to four players to replace Wade as their starting shooting guard.
Will Dwyane Wade consider rejoining the Miami Heat?
Dwyane Wade didn’t really intend to leave the Heat last summer. However, after the Heat prioritized Hassan Whiteside and a contract dispute, Wade decided to entertain other offers. After signing with the Bulls, he admitted that it’s his dream to play for his hometown team.
Unfortunately, Wade didn’t expect to be in such situation when he headed to Chicago. Earlier this season, the 35-year-old shooting guard expressed his frustration with his teammates and the management. According to Ken Berger of Bleacher Report, rival executives aren’t convinced that Wade will stay with the Bulls for another season.
“Wade, 35, has a player option for next season. Given the tumult in Chicago, rival executives believe it’s reasonable to expect Wade may want out—despite the $23.8 million he is owed if he stays,” Berger reported.
Tom D’Angelo of PalmBeachPost.com revealed that Wade may consider returning to the Heat and play for his close friend coach Erik Spoelstra. However, it remains questionable if the Heat has mutual interest. Dion Waiters is currently doing well in Miami. He’s expected to demand a long-term contract once he becomes a free agent this summer.
Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr.com