Bulls' Wade picks up $23.8M option for next season

Ross Houston
June 22, 2017

Vincent Goodwill of Comcast Sportsnet Chicago reported earlier this week that the organization was actively shopping around their new face of the franchise. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

In the middle of the trade rumor chaos, Dwyane Wade reportedly informed the team he would use his almost $24 million player option to return to the team next season.

The 2010 National Basketball Association offseason, which featured LeBron James and Chris Bosh taking their talents to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade, stands alone as the wildest National Basketball Association summer in recent memory, but if recent trade rumors are any indication, this year could make a case for being even crazier.

As for why Wade would make such a decision, he said Tuesday that he had "24 million reasons". All-Star guard Jimmy Butler informed the Cavs that he intends to stay with the Chicago Bulls rather than be traded to Cleveland, TNT reported Tuesday. Clearly, the Cavaliers are looking to trade for a star player like Paul George of the Indiana Pacers or Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls. Butler brings much-needed defense to the wings and helps them become an immediate playoff threat.

Butler, if he stays in Chicago, would be eligible for a so-called "super max" contract extension exceeding $200 million in the summer of 2018 if he earns an All-NBA berth next season as he did this season.

"Porzingis is a 7'3", 21-year-old big man who averaged 18.1 points per game last year despite an exhausting amount of team on- and off-court drama (none of which was his fault). Chicago was simply out-played, as they left 22 points unanswered for and were eliminated. The most memorable sequence of Wade's first year in Chicago came after a January 25 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks in which the Bulls blew a double-digit lead late in the fourth quarter. Hell, they aren't likely to win anything meaningful with the trio of Rondo, Wade and Butler anyway.

"I'm going to embrace whatever role I have on a team", he said. Everyone don't care enough. Either way, it seems like it's going to happen, although with the Bulls messed up front office of incompetent idiots, one never knows for sure. You got to do better. "Just as a team, just got to do better, man".

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