Dwyane Wade is still a member of the Chicago Bulls, though it sounds like he doesn’t really want to be in the Windy City anymore. His current employers might not want to hold on to him either.
The veteran guard has been expected to pursue a buyout from the Bulls after the team traded away Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in June.
Wade is expected to make $23.8 million next season, the final of his two-year contract with Chicago.
As recently as Aug. 16, ESPN’s Nick Friedell (h/t Bleacher Report) reported that Wade is “expected to reach a buyout with the Bulls in the next few months.”
However, a Bulls source told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times that neither Wade nor his representation has “officially” asked the Bulls for a buyout.
That hasn’t stopped the Wade rumors from slowing down, especially when it comes to his former team, the Miami Heat.
Andy Slater of 940 AM-WINZ Miami reported on Tuesday (via Cowley) that Wade’s children have transferred from their school in Chicago to one in Florida, which has obviously gotten the rumor mill churning again while making Heat fans perk up in the process.
Wade spent 13 seasons with the Heat, putting together a Hall-of-Fame-worthy career with 12 All-Star appearances, three NBA titles and a scoring title in 2008-09. For his career, the 35-year-old has averaged 23.3 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.