The Chicago Bulls are really starting to embrace the rebuild. After trading Butler for three young prospects and beimg very frugal during the free agency period they are now looking to buyout three time World Champ and Chicago native Dwayne Wade.
The 12 time All-Star initially picked up his $23.8 million player option in what is the final year of his current deal. He had the opportunity to opt out and enter the market in June but decided to stay. However, he made his choice before the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler in a draft day deal that clearly signified the beginning of a period of rebuilding for the organization.
Although he’s not without his warts the 35-year-old Wade was rather productive last season. He averaged 18 points per night while chipping in 4 rebounds and assists. Despite being the second leading scorer on the Bulls last season his output did mark his lowest scoring effort as well as the only season he was not selected to the All-Star Game since his rookie year.
What I find most interesting is that while both sides are confident about reaching a buyout agreement they are being very loose about the timeline in which they aim to do so in the “next few months”. Normally when there is talk of a buyout that is sure to happen the news usually leaks days and no longer than a few weeks before it is done. The fact that this has been revealed months before the intended to complete this deal is pretty peculiar.
As you can imagine there is already talk about potential landing spots. Chief amongst them being a chance at a reunion with former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James in Cleveland. However, if the Cavs don’t show any interest in the shooting guard the question of where Wade will land starts to get really interesting.