Dwyane Wade opted in to the final season of his two-year, $47.5 million contract with the Bulls this past June, choosing to stay with the franchise for another campaign. But with the club now focused on rebuilding following the trade of Jimmy Butler and departure of Rajon Rondo, Wade’s role as a member of the team is no longer solidified.
These Bulls are now aiming towards the future — a future that reportedly does not include Dwyane Wade in the present day, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell:
In other words, tank away. From a pure basketball perspective, it appears the Bulls are well-equipped to do just that. Dwyane Wade isn’t long for the organization’s future and is expected to reach a buyout agreement at some point in the next few months.
Wade, 35, has spent 14 seasons in the league with the Bulls and Heat. He’s won three NBA championships, his last coming in 2013.
Teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs are all clubs to watch for a potential Wade pursuit should he be bought out.
Wade averaged 18.3 points in 60 games with the Bulls last season, shooting a career-low 43 percent from the floor.