NBA Rumors: Dwyane Wade Wants Out of 'Dysfunctional' Chicago Bulls?

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 03/16/17 06:45PM EDT

Former MVP Dwyane Wade will reportedly take his player option next year, worth about $23.8 million, so he can leave the Chicago Bulls. According to the rumors, the 6-foot-4 superstar guard has become disillusioned by the team's troubles.

A report from Basketball RealGM quoted "rival executives" as claiming that Wade is expected to opt out of his contract "due to the Bulls' struggles and dysfunction this season." The team stands at 10th place in the NBA Eastern Conference right now, although they still have a good shot at the playoffs. For instance, the Detroit Pistons (8th) and Miami Heat (9th) are just one game ahead of the Bulls.

The rumors about some attitude problems among the players in the team have surfaced for the past few months. For example, all-star Jimmy Butler and former all-star Rajon Rondo have reportedly tuned out coach Fred Hoiberg. Wade also allegedly ignored some plays called by their coach and just opted to freelance.

For this season, Wade is averaging 18.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists. It is the lowest scoring average of his career except for his rookie year. In the 2003-2004 season, the guard averaged 16.2 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Back in January, Wade sat down with ESPN where he hinted that he might opt out of his contract next season. What he is concerned about, however, is that he is not seeing any improvement in the team. He said he has been on teams where losing was seen as a process, and he has been on the other side of the fence where losing has become an identity.

"I can't play this game forever," he said. "I just turned 35 and I have a number in my head how long I want to play. At the end of the day you want to be in a situation where it's a competitor situation, whatever the case may be."

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