Dwyane Wade is headed home to play for the Chicago Bulls. That’s according to The Vertical, as seen in the below re-tweet from the official Twitter account of The Vertical, which reports that Dwyane has told the Chicago Bulls he will sign a deal with them. As “Wade to the Bulls” begins to trend on Twitter with nearly 6,000 tweets coming in during the minutes after the announcement, the Chicago Bulls are reportedly sending the contracts to Wade at the present time. The “Wade to the Bulls” search term quickly gained a plethora of tweets beyond 6,000 — with related terms like Pat Riley getting 12,000 tweets and the Bulls getting a whopping 163,000 tweets in short order on Twitter.
Dwyane Wade has informed the Bulls he plans to sign a deal with them, sources tell @TheVertical. Bulls sending out contracts now.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 7, 2016
While news about Wade going to the Bulls is breaking via The Vertical, the official Chicago Bulls Twitter account, @ChicagoBulls, has not reported that Dwyane will sign with the Bulls as of this writing. Instead, the Bulls are likely hoping that Wade will help the Bulls change their “6-time World Champion Chicago Bulls” description on Twitter to “7-time World Champion Chicago Bulls.”
On Wade’s official Twitter account, which uses his “DWade” nickname and can be found @DwyaneWade, there is no official announcement as of this writing about Wade’s decision to sign with the Bulls. Dwyane’s description does display the fact that Wade hails from Robbins, Illinois.
“From Robbins, IL. I’m a father First and everything else after that…”
Robbins, Illinois, is located south of Chicago, near familiar suburbs like Blue Island, Hazel Crest, and Country Club Hills — at least familiar to those who know the Chicagoland area. As such, folks on Twitter are already welcoming Wade home to the Chicago Bulls, hoping for magic when Dwyane signs on the dotted line.
Wade, meanwhile, posted a re-tweet praying for peace over the Alton Sterling shooting death.
In the top photo above, Dwyane can be seen decked out in his Miami Heat uniform. That photo was from April 29, with Wade giving a high-five to Luol Deng after Game 6 of the first-round series of the NBA basketball playoffs. Expect folks to create plenty of Photoshop-enhanced images of Wade in a Chicago Bulls uniform as the news spreads that Dwyane will play for the Bulls.
It's official .. ???? I see ya bulls this look nice pic.twitter.com/kP2Kl6Qzf6— Kylin Hill (@H_Kylin) July 7, 2016
Previously, hopes were that Wade would finish his NBA career with the Heat; however, with the news breaking that Dwyane will sign with the Bulls, those hopes have now changed.
Folks are reacting in a myriad of ways on social media to news that Wade will sign with the Bulls. A number of people are noting that Wade has not spoken often about wanting to return home to the Chicago area. Instead, Dwyane’s dedication to Miami has been noted. As a result, some people on Twitter are criticizing Riley for his role in losing Wade.
Can't wait to see this sign court side on a Bulls telecast pic.twitter.com/oWnoy6kFHY— Overdrafter of Funds (@cbenjaminrucker) July 7, 2016
Other sample comments from social media can be seen below.
“Can’t even be mad at him because of the level of disrespect shown by Pat Riley.”
“Pat Riley better be pulling off the trade of the century or I’m done.”
“2016 Bulls off season: One hometown hero gone, another hometown hero come.
“As a Bulls fan, I don’t know how to feel. These are weird times.”
“Bulls got a player who can help them make playoffs for 2 years then will retire and leave a void.”
“Be angry at Pat Riley. End of story.”
“Guess I’m a Bulls fan now!”
[Photo by Photo/Chuck Burton/AP Images]