Dwyane Wade is yet to make a decision whether he will exercise his player option to stay with the Chicago Bulls or test the free agency market once again this summer. According to the latest report, Wade opens the possibility of returning to the Miami Heat “at some point in his career.” Should the Heat bring the aging superstar back?
Last summer, Dwyane Wade got offended by Heat president Pat Riley’s initial offer when he became a free agent. After being lowballed, Wade decided to leave the Heat and sign with his hometown team, Chicago Bulls. Wade, together with Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler, helped the Bulls earn a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Bulls somehow managed to perform well in the first round, beating the Boston Celtics in the first two games. Unfortunately, after Rondo suffered an injury, they lost four straight games and exited early in the playoffs. Since then, rumors continue to swirl around Chicago regarding the future of “Three Alphas.”
Should Dwyane Wade opt out of his Chicago Bulls’ contract?
Dwyane Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls with a player option in the second year. He hasn’t given any hint regarding his decision this summer. However, there are speculations that Wade will leave the Bulls to return to the Miami heat.
According to Barry Jackson of Miami Herald, Wade is open to considering a return to Miami “at some point in his career.” Wade spent the first 13 years of his NBA career as a Heat where he won three NBA championship titles. The Heat fans will surely love to see him return and end his career in Miami.
If he opts to stay in Chicago, he can earn $23.8 million next season. If he decides to enter the free agency market, it remains questionable if the Heat or other NBA teams are willing to pay much for an aging superstar. If the Heat decides to bring Wade back, they will likely urge him to accept less money and less role with the team.
Will the Heat prioritize bringing Dwyane Wade back this summer?
The Heat somehow managed to perform well in the final games of the 2016-17 NBA season. Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic showed their capability to lead the Heat in the succeeding years. Wade will still be a good addition to the Heat playing under coach Erik Spoelstra. At 35, he’s still producing good numbers, averaging 18.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season.
He can mentor young players like Dion Waiters while playing the remaining games of his NBA career. However, the Heat aren’t expected to set Wade as their top priority this summer. As of now, the Heat are expected to lure big names in the upcoming free agency.
If they succeed to remove Chris Bosh’s salary from the book, the Heat will use the money to add at least one superstar on their team. Players like Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin are expected to be on the Heat’s radar in the upcoming free agency.
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