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Report: Bulls ‘gauging interest’ with Dwyane Wade

Jul 11, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

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LeBron James bolting the Heat for the Cavaliers has set free agency into motion, and that’s more true with the Heat than it is perhaps anywhere else.

Chris Bosh is moving closer to accepting an offer to join the Houston Rockets, and the last remaining member of the Big Three is reportedly being courted, as well.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Chicago Bulls are interested in discussing a deal with free-agent guard Dwyane Wade, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The crumbling of the Miami Heat’s Big Three on Friday leaves Wade facing a future without LeBron James and Chris Bosh in Miami, and a Heat franchise facing a rebuilding situation again. …

Wade grew up in Chicago, and took a meeting in 2010 free agency with the Bulls. Knee problems have limited him the past two years, and the uncertainty about his future may have played some part in James’ decision to join a younger core in Cleveland.

We’re still awaiting a decision from Carmelo Anthony, and while he reportedly is leaning towards returning to the Knicks, the Bulls were one of the teams on his very short list.

Chicago isn’t going to make any moves until they hear from Carmelo one way or another, but Wade is at least on their radar as someone they’d like to pursue.

Wade has spent his entire career in Miami, so it’s unclear what his interest level would be in leaving — especially after opting out of the final two years of his deal with the Heat that would have paid him $42 million guaranteed. It’s more than likely that Wade was promised at least that much (if not more) stretched over a four- or five-year deal to help Miami gain some financial flexibility, and he’d certainly be offered nowhere near that amount to join the Bulls.

But Wade is from Chicago, and much like it was with LeBron, the allure of returning home at this stage of his career might make it a very real option.

  1. garypagetwo - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Wade .. Come back to Milwaukee

    • handsomerob86 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      I can’t see anknee problem with this plan…

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Must be “Piss on the Heat Day”. I never got that memo.

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      Don’t worry. If this were to happen. D-Wade and D-Rose would have maybe one knee between them.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    How cool would that be! LeBron went home, Melo’s most likely staying home…go back home DeeWayne!! Man thishas been a fun free agency since LBJ finally flinched.

    • loubearkane - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Wade & Rose in the same backcourt WHAT COULD GO WRONG


  4. parasolmonster - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Yeah, Dwyane Wade and Tom Thibodeau’s style of go-all-out-every-game would really mesh well.

  5. calkinsrob - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    I cant stand dwyane wade. hes a dirty player. I give him props for taking the back seat to lebron, that must have been real tough. But other than that I don’t like him. And id really hate if the bulls picked him up. Im saying this because I know my opinion matters here haha. but seriously if we pay this dude more than 10 mil Id be outraged.

  6. cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Who’s coat tails can he ride in Chicago ?

    • weaselpuppy - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      won a ring before LeBron came(and went)…dummy

  7. goawaydog - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    maybe wade and rose can share knees

    • hwatt - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      LeBron went back to where he spent most of his career.

      Wade never played for the Bulls. big difference. but it is a cute story that got you a bunch of clicks. troll.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        Wow, some people can’t take a joke.

      • hwatt - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        i was responding to the main article.

  8. getlow81 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Nope. Miami will give Wade a bunch of money to make up for him opting out when he certainly wasn’t going to get a comparable $42MM deal on the open market. He’s a lifer.

  9. lakerade - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Didn’t Dwayde sell his house in Chicago? This is just pressure on Melo, who is having a hard time choosing between being the Man in his hometown with the money to boot, or to go forward with his best chance to win a ring next year, joining a team on the cusp while LeBron starts over in an otherwise still mediocre Eastern Conference.

    Just really happy the Lakers aren’t hung up on it. They waited for the big get (Lebron, with or without Melo) and once it was gone they have gone to Plan B.

  10. mackcarrington - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Seems to me like Bosh and Wade got tricked by LeBron into opting out. Wade has no chance of bettering his financial situation, and Bosh is floating in limbo. I mean, LeBron must have had some idea of what he was going to do. Wade and Bosh didn’t know what the master plan was after opting out, besides waiting to see what James did.

  11. jerze2387 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    God no. Please no. Anybody except wade. The last thing chicago needs is 2 max players on injured reserve. Joakim Noah would have an aneurysm if they sign wade and handicap him anymore. Hell, I’d rather they keep boozer than sign wade.

    Please please do not sign wade

  12. rickditka - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Yeah, in the few hours since the James announcement someone from the Bulls told yahoo sports that they want Wade. BS

  13. charlescub80 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Only if he is willing to come off the bench.

  14. spliff219 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    stop it allready

  15. mialto - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Mr. Wade, Sorry we traded your birth certificate to the Miami Heat. No thanks!

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