Dwyane Wade Still Pondering Opt-Out Decision

With a June 27th deadline looming, Dwyane Wade hasn’t decided whether to opt out of a $23.8MM salary for next season, according to Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.

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.

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14 thoughts on “Dwyane Wade Still Pondering Opt-Out Decision

  1. CubsRule08

    Go join LeBron in Cleveland. I’m sure they’d like your services, D-Wade…we all know that’s what’s they want

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    • KnicksCavsFan

      I’m not a fan of the “trade Kevin Love” group unless they can manage to get Cousins. If not, sorry to say, Wade is probably the only player that might join and take less money yet still be somewhat of an impact player. I don’t know if he would be best as a starter or as their 6th man off the bench, kind of like how Ganobili’s role with the Spurs.

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      • Z-A

        Wade opt out for vet min? Eh unlikely. 2018-19 maybe.

        Cousins is a very good player but I’d rather have PG13 or Butler. I wouldn’t trade anything More than Love for either. Butler has an opt out too so it’s a 2 yr deal not 3. I’d like Loves game on this team at JRs salary.

        If they had Cousins AND PG or Butler than yes Cavs all day. Not going to happen though.

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        • UTEP Two Step

          Why would Indy trade George for Love? Better to roll the dice he makes all NBA and you can offer him an extra $70M

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        • KnicksCavsFan

          If I’m bringing in a player that is going to require 15-20 shots to be effective then I’d rather give them to a post player that can can also bring rebounding and physicality to my team. Butler and PG13 don’t offer that and I think would cause more ball movement problems. Cousins should be the teams #1 option and if really the only player I would trade Love for,

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          • ChiSoxCity

            You don’t need low post scorers to win in today’s NBA–a guy like cousins would be a waste of money. Butler is a better investment since he can score from anywhere on the court and be an A+ defender.

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  2. Djones246890

    Ship Jimmy out and hopefully Wade goes, too. If they don’t trade Jimmy on draft night, then that tells you exactly all you need to know about how the organization feels about the fans.

    He’s not a leader, or the future. This draft is DEEP, and they could land (potentially) 2 top 5 draft picks for him. If you’re an executive that actually wants to win, this is a no-brainer.

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    • kdavis1391

      You can’t land 2 top 5 picks when 5 different teams own the top 5 picks..

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      • Djones246890

        Multiple team trades, my friend. It’s possible. Might be a long shot, but
        you never know.

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  3. white_sox9195

    Paxton wants to keep sinking the bulls amd Jerry sucks as a owner he’s cheap never hires people that know what their doing !!!

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  4. formerlyz

    I have to think he stays in Chicago. But, I know he hasn’t liked it there. It’s not time for him to come home just yet. I can see San Antonio, but I couldn’t turn down that money to stay in Chicago. Maybe he gets bought out during the season

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  5. stretch123

    I think he’ll opt in and then join LeBron where ever he decides to go in 2018/2019 on a mid-level deal… **Cough Cough*** LA Lakers with Paul George. Lmao.

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  6. chiefivey

    hoping we pull off a trade on draft night for jimmy. id take any of the top 5 players in the draft.

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