Dwyane Wade's first season with his hometown Chicago Bulls hasn't exactly gone according to plan. The Bulls are currently 32-36 and are a game behind the Detroit Pistons for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The reason the Bulls aren't more competitive is that offseason moves to land Wade and guard Rajon Rondo to pair with star forward Jimmy Butler haven't worked out at all, leading to dysfunction throughout the roster.
On Wednesday, Wade's disappointing season took another bad turn, as the three-time NBA champion suffered a fractured right elbow during a 98-91 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
However, Wade isn't going to hang up his sneakers just yet. He took to Snapchat on Thursday to thank his fans for their support and assure them he'd come back from his injury even stronger:
"I appreciate the text messages, the support, the love that I’m getting," Wade says in the video. "And thank you guys, but I’ll be OK. Things happen in life. And, as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and I’m a strong mofo, so I want to thank everybody again."
After the injury on Wednesday night, Wade told USA TODAY that he wants to heal up properly so he has no limitations when he returns to the court:
“Now, the biggest thing is about protecting it and making sure that it heals the right way so I can get back to my football passes on the basketball floor,” Wade told reporters.
Wade went on to say that if the Bulls make the playoffs and he's declared healthy by team doctors, he'll return to the court. However, after losing seven of their last 10 games, the Bulls are certainly not trending toward a playoff berth.
Therefore, it's likely that Wade's first season in Chicago is over, which is not what he expected when he left the Miami Heat this offseason.
The 14-year NBA veteran averaged 18.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists a night in 57 games this year. He played 30.2 minutes per contest, so he's clearly showing no signs of slowing down just yet.
As recently as 2016, Wade made the All-Star team, so he can still provide a lot of value when playing for a team that utilizes him properly. Unfortunately, the Bulls did not do that this year.
Wade, who is currently 35 years old, is under contract with the Bulls for one more season, but if Chicago wants to have more success in 2017-18, it needs to bring in players who fit with Wade and Butler better than Rondo did this year.