After trading away superstar forward Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft, it appears the Chicago Bulls will be in rebuilding mode this season.
Therefore, keeping around a veteran player like guard Dwyane Wade wouldn't seem to make much sense, leading to rumors that DWade could be bought out of his contract.
Though Wade's best days are seemingly behind him, the veteran guard still has a lot to offer and would be a hot commodity if he becomes a free agent.
In fact, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, three teams are reportedly already lining up to offer Wade a contract should the Bulls buy him out:
"Though ESPN reported that LeBron James’ camp expects Dwyane Wade to end up with Cleveland if he reaches a buyout with the Bulls, a Wade associate has been telling people that Miami and Los Angeles are also appealing destinations for Wade," Jackson writes.
Obviously, LeBron and Wade have a history dating back to their days with the Heat. Likewise, Wade spent the first 13 years of his career in Miami, so he has a lot of connections there, too.
In fact, a former teammate - Udonis Haslem - recently told PalmBeachPost.com that he hopes to see Wade back in a Heat uniform this coming season:
“I would love to have him back, everybody knows that,” Haslem said. “Not only is he a great competitor, great teammate I learned a lot from but also a friend of mine, I consider him a brother.
“I just want Dwyane to be happy. This is the last lap for us both. We deserve to finish it the right way. Whatever makes him happy finishing his career. … hopefully it’s in Miami. I would love for it to be Miami. I want him to finish it right and have no regrets."
The most interesting team on Wade's list of potential suitors is the Lakers, who are positioning themselves to make a run at LeBron, and other free agents like star forward Paul George, next offseason.
If Wade does indeed sign with the Lakers this year, it could give a huge hint as to what LeBron is thinking about his future.
It's no secret that James enjoys playing alongside his friends, and Wade is one of his best friends in the league. Should DWade decide Los Angeles is the best option for him, it's possible King James wouldn't be too far behind him.