Will Dwyane Wade remain with the Chicago Bulls or is he leaving for a better situation? The question has been debated for months, ever since the Bulls had some trouble in their locker room, as reported by NBA.com.
Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler both called out their Bulls teammates after a disappointing January loss. It was enough drama going on with the Bulls that it could have potentially divided the team. Needless to say, they got their acts together, made the playoffs, and pushed the Boston Celtics to six games in the first round.
With that said, Wade had some harsh words for his younger Bulls teammates. It was enough to become a national story.
“Everyone don’t care enough. You got to care enough, man. It’s got to mean that much to you to want to win. And it doesn’t. I don’t know how you fix it. It just doesn’t mean enough to guys around here to want to win ballgames. It [ticks] me off, but I can’t be frustrated and I can’t care too much for these guys.”
There are several reports with Dwyane Wade going either way. Is it safe to say that Wade is undecided about his Chicago Bulls future.
NBA rumors about Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls have given way to several conflicting reports. What we know is that the Bulls have zero say in Wade’s decision. It is his choice to make and his alone. There is over $23 million that Wade would be walking away from, but there could be some method to his madness.
The Chicago Bulls will have some tough choices to make on their own, which might impact Wade’s decision. One of those choices to make has to do with Jimmy Butler.
If the Bulls keep Butler then it will be clear that they are going to tear down the team and start over. Doing so may have Dwyane Wade evoke is right to opt-out of his contract. The Bulls do not get better by trading Butler, at least not immediately. Losing Butler and Wade likely means that the Bulls are finally comfortable with being a lottery team. It is one scenario that could take place.
The other scenario that could take place would be for Dwyane Wade to opt-in on the second year of his deal with the Bulls. According to ESPN, Wade is expected to return.
“I don’t really go with the signs. I’m not a predictable person I don’t think. But I don’t know, it’s not a bad thing for me. I’m in a good situation, whether there’s a lot of options or not. I’m in a very good situation to where as a player you can decide what you want to do. And I have a lot of money to decide whether I want to take it or not. It’s not a bad thing — because I’ve worked my butt off for it over my career. But no rush in my mind.”
It would understandable for Wade to stay in his contract. There is too much money on the table for Wade to walk away from.
Wade opting in does not hurt the Bulls financially, but it will hamper them once the courtship period for the free agency market begins in July.
If Wade sticks to his contract, and the Bulls keep point guard Rajon Rondo, they could have as much as $20.8 million in cap room, according to Sportrac. That is only if they renounce the cap holds of their restricted free agents. One of those RFAs is center Cristiano Felicio, who the Bulls will not renounce.
The same might be said for Michael Carter-Williams and Joffrey Lauvergne. The Chicago Bulls could conduct a sign-and-trade for both of them, but only if the Bulls give them tender offers. Keeping Carter-Williams and Lauvergne would give them tradable pieces that could bring back future draft picks. But it could also hamper the Bulls as they make alterations to their team.
If the reports are accurate about Dwyane Wade leaning towards opting into his contract, would it matter if Jimmy Butler is there or not? Butler might be made available to the Boston Celtics if they are willing to part with the No. 1 pick.
A starting lineup with Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Robin Lopez, and perhaps Jae Crowder and the No. 1 pick could still be good enough for the Bulls to make the playoffs. That has to be considered if Wade looks to stay with the Bulls.
That is the last scenario that the Bulls may ponder, unless Wade decides to take the gamble by opting out so the Bulls can add a top-tier free agent. Would Wade be willing to take a pay cut if the Bulls are able to sign Blake Griffin? In other words, disregard the reports for now because so many different things can happen.
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