Dwayne Wade signed a two year $47 million dollar deal with the Chicago Bulls last offseason, the second year being a player option that he can choose to except or refuse. This past season, Chicago showed some promise although their playoff run was cut short after their starting point guard Rajon Rondo was sidelined with a thumb injury.
Their season as a whole was a bit of a rollercoaster making it extremely hard to predict whether he will choose to exercise his player option for the 2017-2018 NBA season. However, it appears that Wade may have given us some insight not only on his plans for next season but also what the future may hold for All Star guard Jimmy Butler, who has been the victim of trade rumors all season.
Here is what he posted on twitter this past weekend:
Chicago, join me & @JimmyButler Aug 5 & 6 for my basketball & cheer camp! Register by #MemorialDay & save big! Visit https://t.co/QOdCT53WPT pic.twitter.com/HAzYcBDcEq
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) May 28, 2017
At first glance, nothing about this add really jumps out to the average reader. However, when looking a bit deeper and analyzing exactly what this information means, it could potentially speak volumes about the future of the Chicago Bulls.
The flyer advertises a basketball camp that Wade will be running in Chicago August 5th and 6th of this year. It also notes that Jimmy Butler will be a special guest working along side Wade at the summer camp.
This is interesting because the camp takes place after June 27th, which happens to be the deadline for players to exercise their options for the 2017-2018 season. For the last week or so there have been rumors of the Bulls expecting Wade to take his option and join the team again next season. The fact that the three-time NBA champion has organized a camp in Chicago after the deadline leads one to believe that he will be back in a Bulls uniform.
To take this inference a step further, Wade exercising his player option for next season also seemingly refutes the trade rumors that have plagued Jimmy Butler for some time now. Butler is a fantastic talent and at 27 years old he still has plenty of his prime left in front of him. Wade however is already 35 although his knees seem more like 65.
D-Wade isn’t getting any younger and so it wouldn’t make sense for him to stay in Chicago if they were going to trade Butler in hopes of receiving good young talent to try and rebuild for the future. Instead, Wade using his player option points to Jimmy staying in Chicago.
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