This summer, the Chicago Bulls decided to undergo a rebuild and are keen to fill their roster with young talent and reduce the number of veterans.
They made one of the biggest trades of the offseason by offloading All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the number seven pick in this year's draft - which they used to acquire Finnish big man Lauri Markkanen.
They also released veteran point guard Rajon Rondo and are widely expected to reach a buyout agreement with Dwyane Wade.
Wade only joined his hometown franchise last summer, signing a two-year deal which included a player option for the second year.
With a guarantee of a $23.8 million salary, the shooting guard unsurprisingly opted into the deal.
But, reportedly, the 12-time All-Star was keen to find out which direction the team was looking to take before committing for another year.
The 35-year-old is coming towards the end of his career and wasn't willing to be part of a rebuilding team but was apparently told by the Bulls front office that they would assemble a roster to be competitive.
According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, Wade believes he was misled by the organisation.
Per Kennedy: "To say that the relationship between Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls’ front office is strained would be an understatement. Wade hasn’t communicated with management in over two months, which is why there have been numerous reports suggesting a buyout is inevitable.
"Wade’s frustration stems from the fact that he feels the front office misled him about the direction of the team. As his June 27 deadline to opt-in to the final year of his contract approached, the veteran shooting guard wanted assurances from the front office that the Bulls would field a competitive team during the 2017-18 season.
"Wade didn’t want to opt-in and then watch the franchise enter a rebuilding period. Sources close to the situation say that Wade received those assurances. Jimmy Butler was also given the impression that he wouldn’t be traded, according to league sources."
With the situation between the two parties seemingly unrepairable, it will be interesting to see if the three-time champion begins the campaign with the Bulls.
It is believed that he has interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat, but he will have to accept a smaller contract with those teams.
The likeliest scenario seems to be a move to the Cavs to team up with former teammate and close friend LeBron James as they'll certainly represent the best opportunity for him to compete for another championship.News Now - Sport News