The Chicago Bulls' season was unraveling heading down the stretch, but it's become a full on disaster with only 14 games left.
The Bulls' chances of landing the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs took a huge blow with the announcement that Dwyane Wade will miss the remainder of the season.
The team made the stunning announcement Thursday morning, taking to social media after an MRI confirmed he suffered a small fractured in the elbow along with a sprain. Wade, 35, was scoring his lowest average per game dating back to his rookie season.
The play occurred during the Bulls' 98-91 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night. Wade went up for a rebound and came down holding his elbow, subbing out. Here's the play the season-ending injury occurred on:
The Bulls, just one-game back from the No. 8 seeded Detroit Pistons, have a serious uphill battle if they want to see the postseason light. It's been a very tough year for what was supposed to be a new era, ushered in with Wade's "return" home to Chicago.
Instead, it's been a tumultuous year, featuring in-fighting between the trio of Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler and Wade. The Bulls moved on from building around Derrick Rose, but the first year without him hasn't gone according to plan.
Bulls fans were distraught, being down most of the year but not officially out. The news would seem to seal their fate of going to the draft lottery with poor odds of jumping to a top spot in the pack.
The reaction on Twitter shows the news has finally broken fans of the team:
Wade's elbow may be fractured, but the hopes of fans were what really broke when his elbow gave out against Memphis:
Chicago signed Wade to a one-year contract worth $23.2 million, with a player option in Year 2 worth $23.8 million. Wade, having one of the worst seasons of his career and having it end on a sour injury note, would be wise to take the second year of his deal.
For the Bulls, that's 20 million problems on a roster that still needs significant improvements around Butler immediately. The problem for Wade, on the other hand, is the situation in Chicago has been so toxic he may want to look for another city to enjoy his career's sunset.
Whatever happens, the Wade experiment in Chicago was not successful in the first year together. We'll see if Dwyane is up for a second round in a few months.