The Bulls are confident that Dwyane Wade will stay home in Chicago for the next season.
The Chicago Bulls underperformed last year. They were unable to get to their desired level of play together until the first round of playoffs. Well, that was up until Rajon Rondo got hurt and the series spiraled downhill against the Boston Celtics. Last summer, the Bulls formed a big three by signing Dwyane Wade and Rondo to play alongside Jimmy Butler.
Despite an early exit in the playoffs, only one out of the three seems to actually be staying with the team. According to K.C Johnson of Chicago Tribune, Vice President John Paxson believes that Wade will be in Chicago next season and there’s a small percentage a buyout will happen.
Paxson said Bulls are working under the impression that Wade will be here and that any buyout talks would have to be "advantageous" to us
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 27, 2017
Some would say Wade made a financial decision to come to the Bulls last offseason, knowing the Bulls didn’t have enough pieces to win a championship.
Wade already won three championships and is now focused on breaking the bank. Wade opted into the second year of his contract worth $23.8 million. At his age, who wouldn’t take that deal? Wade doesn’t have anything left to prove in the NBA; so why not? He’s a three-time champ.
The Bulls are moving in another direction and buying into the rebuilding process. After trading away Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and now Butler, there are currently no other players on this current Bulls roster from the 2013 version of this team.
Trading away Rose and Noah was the ideal thing to do in 2016; however, dealing Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves means they are fully buying into the rebuilding process.