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Dwayne Wade Agrees to Two-Year Deal with Bulls

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

After 13 season with the Miami Heat and winning three NBA titles there, Dwayne Wade has informed them that he will sign with the Chicago Bulls.  

What did he get from the Bulls, what was he offered from other Teams?- Wade, 34, agreed to a two-year deal worth $47.5 million which includes a player option. Reportedly he is taking less money to come back to his hometown.  The Denver Nuggets, who met with Wade Wednesday afternoon in New York, had offered the twelve time All-Star two years $50 million. Wade also met with the Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, and Heat owner Micky Arison. The Bulls had a meeting scheduled, but due to their flight being pushed back, they canceled the meeting.

To make room for the former Finals MVP, the Bulls traded Mike Dunleavy Jr.  to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the recently acquired Jose Calderon to the Los Angeles Lakers.

What are the Bulls getting in Wade?- Wade averaged 19 points per contest last year to go along with 4.6 assists. The Marquette product played in 74 regular season games last year, his most since 2010-2011. His constant knee issues have kept him sidelined a lot in his career, leaving many to wonder why the Chicago Bulls wanted him so bad. John Paxson’s want for Wade since the 2003 NBA Draft has finally been fulfilled.

In past situations, Wade would be on the verge of leaving Miami, only to return. Pat Riley had done everything in his power to keep the superstar, but now it apparently wasn’t about the money. Wade chose the best situation for himself.  He states: “This was not an easy decision, but I feel that I have made the right choice.”

DwyaneWadeHaroldLRichardsHighSchoolWade is returning home to where he was born and raised- Wade attended Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Fighting for playing time on the varsity squad, Wade grew four inches prior to his junior year which put him over the hump. Wade went on to attended Marquette University and averaged 19.7 points in his two season with the Golden Eagles.  Wade will now play with another Marquette alum in Chicago, Jimmy Butler, as they plan to be the main scorers for the Bulls next season.   

Before the draft, Bulls GM Gar Forman told the media that the plan this off-season is to get younger and more athletic. Well so far, the Bulls have done the opposite.  The Bulls are in agreement with Rajon Rondo, 30, and now are bringing in Wade who is going to be 35 in January. There seems to be no plan in Chicago. With the possibility of Rondo’s attitude getting out of control and Wade bound to miss some time due to his aging knees, it could be a very rough time for the team and the fans.  The Chicago Bulls showed they are serious about rebuilding with trading away hometown star Derrick Rose before the draft. Now, there seems to be no order in Chicago and leaves many to question the future plans of the franchise.

Wade the Recruiter- While Wade’s ability on the court might be in question, he might help the team more off the court next summer. Bringing Wade home could be for recruiting purposes next summer and in years to come.  Russell Westbrook, Stephan Curry, and Blake Griffin will headline the 2017 free agent class.  Having a guy like Wade at free agent meeting will definitely help the Bulls as they look to have enough room to sign a max player next summer.

Is this the Right Move for the Bulls?- Rondo, Wade, Butler, Taj Gibson, and Brook Lopez look to be the starting lineup for Fred Hoiberg next season. With a very young supporting cast, it’s hard to see this team having a boatload of success.  The team should have stuck to Gar’s plan and focused on building for the future, not signing older veterans just to make some noise.  Though Wade is a great leader and will be respected, it’s another move  by the front office that leaves us questioning their intelligence.  

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