NBA Rumors: Dwyane Wade Stays Mum About Chicago Bulls Future
Dwyane Wade is having a surprisingly great time in his first season with the Chicago Bulls. The team is now leading their first round series with top-seed Boston Celtics, 2-0, heading into Game 3 on Friday at the United Center.
The Bulls finished the regular season with an even 41-41 record, which was enough to take the eighth seed into the playoffs. However, it is at this stage of a season when a three-time NBA champion superstar like Wade really wakes up.
Wade's Game 2 performance against the Celtics were more about playing defense on their opponent's best player, Isaiah Thomas, than about taking the lead in an offense like what he often did when he was still in Miami. That job is on Jimmy Butler's shoulders now, and D-Wade had always acknowledged that the Bulls is Butler's team. Still, Wade was able to produce 11 points, five boards, six assists, two steals, and two blocks in an inspiring effort.
Wade, 35, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer as he has a player option at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls last summer and still has $23.8 million left for 2017-2018.
Early in the season, Wade said that he was "considering leaving" if things do not work out with the Bulls "as the 14-year veteran understands his career is now on the decline", as per Lakers Nation. However, with the Bulls now in contention for a possible second round appearance, the 12-time NBA All-Star has gone to a neutral stance when it comes to staying in Chicago next season.
Just recently, Chicago SunTimes' Joe Cowley asked Wade if reaching the playoffs had changed his mind about leaving. The former NBA Finals MVP replied "great question" and "we'll talk about that at the end of the year. Now we focus on Boston."
Wade let the opportunity to earn more money in Denver pass last summer for a chance to play for his hometown squad. Speculations are out that if another team offers him more, then he may not pass up that break again this time around.
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