Dwyane Wade is yet to decide whether he will opt in of the second year of his contract with the Chicago Bulls or test the free agency market once again this summer. After the Cleveland Cavaliers fail to defend their throne, there are speculations that LeBron James will find reinforcements this summer. Is Wade-James reunion finally happening this summer?
After being lowballed last summer, Dwyane Wade left the Miami Heat and joined his hometown team, Chicago Bulls. Wade formed the Bulls’ “Three Alphas” with Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler where they managed to compete in the NBA Playoffs 2017. However, after winning the first two games at TD Garden, the Boston Celtics won four straight games to eliminate them in the first round.
Will Dwyane Wade return to the Chicago Bulls for another season?
Wade signed a two-year, $47 million contract with the Bulls which has a player option in the second year. The Bulls already expressed their intention to bring him back, giving him an assurance that Jimmy Butler won’t be traded this offseason. Last week, Wade met with the Bulls’ organization to discuss the direction that franchise would like to take next season.
According to Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago, Wade hasn’t yet made a decision on next season. Also, he hasn’t informed the Bulls of anything yet. As of now, he’s enjoying his vacation which will continue for the next couple weeks before deciding his future.
NBA Rumors: Dwyane Wade reunites with LeBron James in Cleveland?
In Game 5 of NBA Finals 2017, Dwyane Wade was caught watching on the sideline to support his close pal, LeBron James. On his way to the Oracle Arena, a Cavs fan asked Wade to come to Cleveland this offseason. However, the veteran guard didn’t give any response.
The outcome of the NBA Finals 2017 showed that the Golden State Warriors are too much to handle for the Cavaliers. If they want to reclaim the title next season, the Cavaliers should consider upgrading their roster. Recently, names of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, and DeMarcus Cousins emerged as the Cavs’ potential offseason targets.
There is a possibility that Wade is also one of their options. Wade and James played together in Miami where they won two NBA championship titles. If he leaves the Bulls for the Cavaliers, Wade must consider taking less money as Cleveland is currently buried in salary-cap hell.
With Wade taking a long time to decide on his Bulls’ contract, fans can’t help but speculate that he’s waiting for James’ call. However, aside from taking less money, Wade should also be willing to accept a lesser role once he joins the Cavaliers.