CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill is reporting that Chicago Bulls guard and Marquette icon Dwyane Wade will pick up his player option for the 2017-18 season and continue to play for the Bulls.
The long and short of it is that Wade is due to make $23.8 million next season, and you don’t walk away from that kind of money no matter who you are.
Asked Dwyane Wade tonight why he opted in with Chicago for 2017-18: "24 million reasons."— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 21, 2017
In his 14th season in the NBA, Wade averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Bulls and came close to shooting a career best from behind the three point arc. It was a pretty strong 60 game performance for the 35-year-old, and he’ll tell you that himself.
18.3 points a game in 29mins on 43% shooting at 35 years old. if I'm 25 with the same numbers I'm getting 150 million #Fading #petty— DWade (@DwyaneWade) June 21, 2017
It’s a solid point, if we’re being honest.
Dwyane's right, by the way.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 21, 2017
How many seasons in NBA history has a 35-year-old averaged what he did in 30 minutes or less?
Until now, one.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Bulls remain the unofficial Marquette team in the NBA. Chicago is looking into trading Jimmy Butler, although the Tomball, Texas native reportedly would rather remain with the Bulls.