CHICAGO – When it comes to free agent theatre, the Bulls are usually one-act show.
In 2016, however, it’s become a legitimate production with a little drama extended from the end of June through July.
It started with the trade of Derrick Rose before free agency began and then flirting with trades for forward Jimmy Butler. After July 1st, the Bulls pulled off a surprising plot twist when they came to an agreement with guard Rajon Rondo for two-years and 28 million dollars.
On Wednesday, an even bigger plot twist trumped them all.
In a major move for the franchise, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Veriticle, Heat guard and Chicago native Dwyane Wade has informed the Bulls that he plans to sign a deal with them for $47 million over two years.
The 13-year NBA veteran has spent his entire career with the Miami Heat and 12 times was named an NBA All-Star. He won championships in Miami in 2006, 2012 and 2013 and led the NBA in scoring in 2009.
The interest in Wade, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago and was a star at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, would continue a surprising free agency season for the Bulls. After Forman said the Bulls would likely get younger as they “retool” the team in June, Wade would be the second major free agent signed over the age of 30.
Wade is 34 years old and has been in the NBA since the 2003 season. Rondo turned 30 in February yet its worth noting that both guards were productive during the 2015-2016 season.
Last year Rondo led the league with 11.7 assists per game with the Kings while Wade played in 74 games, the most for him since the 2011 season. He averaged 19.5 points per game while hitting 46.5 percent of his shots.