Report | Dwyane Wade likely to pick up his player option

January 25, 2017 - Chicago, IL, USA - The Chicago Bulls' Dwyane Wade (3) during the final seconds of his team's 119-114 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 (Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
Nuccio Dinuzzo/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire

Last summer, Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade made the decision to return to his hometown after spending 13 seasons with the Miami Heat, which drafted him fourth overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. In his first season with the Bulls, Wade averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, and he has a decision to make regarding his player option for the 2017-18 season.

Wade would make nearly $24 million were he to opt in and return to Chicago, and per a report from Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, Wade is leaning in that direction.

Wade will have a lot to consider when making the decision, with the deadline for him to inform the Bulls being June 27. Recently all-star forward Jimmy Butler has been the focus of trade rumors, and what the Bulls front office does with that situation will have a major impact on the team’s standing entering the 2017-18 season. Per the ESPN.com report, Wade is likely to opt in regardless of what the Bulls do when it comes to Butler and the upcoming NBA Draft.

Chicago had an inconsistent regular season, with Wade playing in just 60 games due to injury, and the team trading forwards Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to Oklahoma City midseason. The Bulls got off to a good start in the playoffs, winning the first two games of their series with the Celtics, before falling in six. That series was impacted drastically by the loss of point guard Rajon Rondo, who suffered a fractured thumb in Game 2 and missed the final four games.

Rondo’s return is up in the air as the team can either bring him back for $13.4 million or buy out his contract for $3 million.

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