Dwyane Wade, in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 15, 2017, suffered an elbow injury. After an MRI today, the results showed a sprain and small fracture in his elbow, effectively ending both his regular season and (likely) his Chicago homecoming.
Bulls say Dwyane Wade's MRI revealed a small fracture in his elbow. He is out for the rest of the regular season.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) March 16, 2017
Wade’s stint in a Bulls uniform was individually a pretty productive one. Aside from his field goal percentage (43.4%), he’s posted almost identical numbers compared to last year when he lead an overachieving Heat team to the playoffs. He’s been the second go-to player for the Bulls, often playing with the second unit to take weight off of Jimmy Butler’s shoulders, and because Chicago’s bench is particularly weak. Unfortunately, his efforts here in his hometown aren’t having the same hopeful effect as it had in Miami.
The Bulls are currently sitting in the 10th spot in the East with a 32-36 record. Their lone All-Star, Jimmy Butler, has been struggling since the break, averaging only 17.5 ppg (as opposed to 24.5 before the AS game) and shooting a dismal 37% from the field. With Jimmy unable to find his rhythm and the unlikeliness of a role player bearing the weight of Wade’s 18.6 ppg average, it’s a real possibility that the Bulls could miss the playoffs for the second-consecutive season.
D-Wade has a player-option in his contract after this year’s end. If he chooses to stay in Chicago, he would be due $23.8 million, likely more than he will make anywhere else in league. Something tells me (and almost everyone else in Chicago) that money won’t play a factor in his decision.
After a blowout loss to the Celtics on March 12, their 35th “L” of the year, Wade was asked about the disappointment of this season. His response? Below:
Wade: "I wish upper management could be answering these questions because I'm tired of answering the same ones every game."
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) March 12, 2017
This response alone speaks volumes. It seems as though “upper-management” sold Wade a lie in terms of accountability. Though, if Wade paid any attention to this organization through the past 15 years, he wouldn’t of missed the forest for the trees.
When one of the most respected players in the league, a 3x champion, Finals MVP, 12x All-Star gets one taste of what it’s like to wear your uniform and walks the first chance he gets, it doesn’t bode well for your representation. If this doesn’t speak loudly enough for Jerry Reinsdorf to end his business relationship with Gar Forman and John Paxson and send them packing (throw Hoiberg in there, too), then who knows what will?
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