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Dwyane Wade says Bulls are “one player away”

Aug 25, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

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Dwyane Wade is just like the rest of us in one respect — he’s a Derrick Rose fan.

Wade can also relate to Rose, not just as a Chicago native but also on the court. For years in Miami (after the 2006 title year) it was the Dwyane Wade show and nothing else — he had to create almost all the offense. Teams loaded up on him. It took a toll on him and put a ceiling on how high the Heat could rise until they got him help.

After seeing the Bulls in the playoffs, Wade told ESPNChicago.com they are very close.

“They met us in the Eastern Conference finals, and they were one player away from making it a very, very, very tough series,” Wade told ESPNChicago.com during an event for his “Wade’s World” charities. “Derrick Rose is evolving into a phenomenal player. You could look and see they’re one player away from being there every year….

“It would have to be a player that can take the pressure off him from making every play,” Wade said. “As a point guard, when you have to score so much, and have to make every big shot, and have to make all the passes, eventually it takes a toll on you throughout the season, no matter how phenomenal you are.

“So just someone who can come in and take some of that pressure away. That’s why I was excited not only to play with my friend but excited to play with a guy like LeBron, because it takes some of that pressure away from having to do it year after year after year. It saves you, your body.”

Does anybody really disagree with that?

Chicago needs another guy that can create offense, preferably at the two-guard spot. What the Bulls got last year out of Carlos Boozer is what they will basically get every year. Luol Deng, Kyle Korver and Joakim Noah are good role players on a contending team.

But a second guy to create, something like what Lou Williams did for the 76ers last season off the bench. Put that on the Bulls next season and that rematch with the Heat we all expect would be appointment television. Well, providing we have a playoffs next season.

  1. ghelton03 - Aug 25, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Sign Caron Butler as a free agent. Trade Deng to GS for Monta Ellis.
    Lineup: Rose, Ellis, Butler, Boozer, Noah = Title.
    Wishful thinking, I know.

  2. passerby23 - Aug 25, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    I think Jason Richardson would be a good fit in Chicago. He’s more of a third option kind of player at this stage of his career who can shoot the 3 and spread the floor.

    If you want to roll the dice and go for an older player who may or may not pan out for a reasonably low sum of money, T-Mac or Michael Redd are some options. Caron Butler is still a good option as well.

    Chicago doesn’t need a great player, just a good one who can take some of the pressure off of Rose.

  3. redbear18 - Aug 25, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    It’s totally true, though.

  4. hus10188 - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    keep deng (Butler’s coming off of a serious injury and Deng’s just flat out better) – we need him for Lebron for the next 3 straight E.Conf Finals, Deng keeps him honest on both off. and def. end.
    trade noah for Luis Scola (he’s everything Boozer was supposed to be plus he plays hard all game non stop) plus the rockets need a big man bad.
    Sign free agent Jamal Crawford (can come off the bench, play both guard spots and can carry an offensive load)
    Find a way to get rid of Boozer
    Asik can be the starter to replace noah and maybe get a Robin Lopez (expendable) as a solid back up.
    Noah plays hard and has fire but bottom line when its crunch time and your not in the game it negates the other things you bring.

    Rose, Crawford, Deng, Scola, Asik – maybe you get some drop off from the center position but hey you get a big increase in productivity at PF and SG, plus the added depth.

    • passerby23 - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:28 PM

      I love when people just say “trade this guy for that guy” like it’s that easy. The numbers have to work, length of contracts, team needs, chemistry, etc. You don’t just make trades when you want to. The Rockets love Scola and the Bulls love Noah. The Bulls don’t need a roster makeover, they just need an upgrade in scoring and perimeter creativity. Signing Jamal Crawford is a possibility as a great sixth man.

      Boozer gave them some productive minutes in the last 2-3 games of the Miami series. He did what he’s capable of. The problem wasn’t Boozer, it’s that they couldn’t create offense on the perimeter when they needed it because everyone collapsed on Rose and no one could create a shot for themselves. You add a Crawford or a J-Rich and the Bulls probably win that series in 5 or 6 games. All the games were close even with the Bulls’ weaknesses. Asik getting injured didn’t help either.

  5. goforthanddie - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Wade’s trying to move leb to another team :D

  6. liltmac2003 - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    “Wade can also relate to Rose… For years in Miami (after the 2006 title year) it was the Dwyane Wade show and nothing else — he had to create almost all the offense.”

    But the thing with the Derrick Rose Show, the Bulls had the best record in the NBA last season. In the ’07-’08 season, the Miami heat went 15-67.

    • david8726 - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:21 AM

      You realize that Wade was surrounded by scrubs while Rose had a great supporting cast this year, right?

  7. gatorfan1 - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Wade…Shut up will you!! If you keep talking that crazy talk Lebron will go to Chicago to buy his championship!!!

    Oppps…my bad I get it now…that’s what you’re hoping he does so you can face him in 4th quarters of important games!! Carry on.

  8. dysraw1 - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    i like the Jamal Crawford signing. But Jamal baby prove your not a gun for hire come home.

    • stayhigh_247 - Sep 29, 2011 at 4:45 AM

      if you’re going to get a guy to jack up shots but not play D, I’d rather have Monta. Whoever the Bulls get will need to play on both ends….. The Scola signing wouldn’t be so bad, but they’d have to give up Taj Gibson which is a no no

  9. diablito0402 - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    I think wade should worry about his team, i think his team is 1/2 superstar away, thats 1 wade, 1 bosh, and 1/2 well you know who the half is, they need someone else complete the 3 headed monster..

  10. blueintown - Aug 26, 2011 at 7:16 AM

    Their best bet is to address their shooting guard situation through free agency. These suggested trades all sound nice, but their impractical from a talent-swap standpoint and a contractual standpoint. They’re probably hoping they can convince a guy like Jason Richardson to come in on a discount (he’s already had his max deal), otherwise they may look at someone like Aaron Afflalo, Anthony Parker, or reignite the trade talk for Rip Hamilton.

    Don’t be surprised if they don’t make a huge splash. They want to hold on to every asset they have for a run at some big guy in Orlando.

    • blueintown - Aug 26, 2011 at 7:17 AM

      *they’re impractical, not their impractical.

      • southbeachtalent - Aug 26, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        whats up teach!

  11. david8726 - Aug 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    The only way they could realistically trade for Dwight Howard is if they were trading Derrick Rose for him, and even that isn’t equal value in my opinion.

  12. rayrsatx - Aug 26, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Miami is also one player away from a title, only they have to get rid of Lebron the choker!

  13. 1historian - Aug 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    If Lebron had used his head and quietly gone and signed with the Bulls he would not be at the top of every hate list today.

    And I (dare I say it?!) if Wade had decided to come home HE might be happier today.

    • southbeachtalent - Aug 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      Why would you want those two scrubs on your team? LeChoke’ a choker!

      This post is the underlying reason why everyone hates LeBron….

  14. stayhigh_247 - Sep 29, 2011 at 4:46 AM

    What about Petrus?

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