Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade signed with his hometown team this past offseason so he could start a new chapter of his career in the place he grew up, and to play with emerging Bulls superstar Jimmy Butler.
But chances are that at this late stage in his career, he was also hoping to win in Chicago. So far, that hasn’t been happening, with the Bulls sitting at a disappointing 30-30 60 games into the season.
Now, rumors are starting to surface of where Wade could head this summer if he wanted to use his player option to leave the Bulls. A potential destination: the Denver Nuggets, who were reportedly close to signing him last year before he chose the Bulls, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News:
The Bulls have been maddeningly inconsistent this season, and they’re now on a high, winning four straight including Ws over the Raptors, Celtics and Cavs. The Bulls did not deal Jimmy Butler at the trade deadline, opting for a playoff push over a rebuild, and if the team can sustain its current run, Wade would have to consider sticking around in Chicago as an option. But the team has been frustrating all year for Wade, and if he opts out of the last year of his two-year contract this summer, expect him to investigate other options. One would be those same Nuggets, who nearly convinced Wade to go to Denver last summer and offered him $52 million, more than the $47 million he accepted from the Bulls.”
Last summer, the rumors of Wade going to the Nuggets were puzzling for both parties. What interest would Wade have in a young Nuggets team, and what interest would a young Nuggets team have in the 2006 NBA Finals MVP?
Now, with the emergence of Nuggets big Nikola Jokic, who dropped a triple-double in the Nuggets 125-107 victory over the Bulls Tuesday night, it makes a bit more sense. The Nuggets are a borderline playoff squad this year, and if they add Wade and a couple of other good pieces in free agency, and Jokic continues to progress, they could be an interesting team next year.