The Bulls reportedly expect Wade to opt in and spend at least one more season in Chicago, but sources tell Goodwill that Wade hasn’t made up his mind and plans to spend more time on vacation while considering his next move.
Wade had a meeting with Bulls management last week to discuss the team’s plans for the future. Goodwill cites sources close to Wade who said the organization intends to “stay the course” for another season, with no significant personnel moves.
That would mean holding on to Jimmy Butler, who has been the subject of trade speculation for more than a year. Presumably, it would also mean keeping Rajon Rondo, who only has a $3M guarantee through June 30th on his $13.397MM salary for next season.
Wade has said his friendship with Butler played a part in his choice of the Bulls last summer after 13 years in Miami. Chicago management also met with Butler last week to discuss his role in the team’s future.
Family considerations will also affect Wade’s decision, Goodwill notes. Wade’s oldest son will turn 16 during the 2017/18 season, and Wade has said he doesn’t want his children to be moved from city to city as his career winds down.