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Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls reached a buyout agreement Sunday

Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls reached a buyout agreement Sunday

When news of Dwyane Wade completing a buyout with the Bulls dropped on Sunday night the immediate reaction was to think about where the veteran shooting guard will sign now that he's a free agent.

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Chicago Bulls shares a hug with LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the game on December 2, 2016 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN (via Marks), the Bulls were only $2 million above the league's salary floor with Wade's full salary for this season. Wade's efficiency declined dramatically and his defense was appalling throughout the season.

Now that Wade will be off the Bulls' books this season, they still have some space to fill on the current roster. They'll eventually find out a team with Wade off the court gives them their best shot at a win.

Wade has a long-standing relationship with Cavs superstar LeBron James. As a result, when Tom Haberstroh and I quantified players' gravitational pull on opposing defenders in 2014, we found Wade ranked surprisingly well. The Cavs, Thunder, Spurs and Heat are also all in consideration. Wade will mentor the young kids, but perhaps be more balanced.

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On top of that, it's hard to see where there are minutes for Wade to play.

Finally, even if the Miami Heat aren't a contender compared to the previous three teams, they still hold a special place in Wade's heart. Once he clears waivers, he can listen to offers from other teams. Wade spent his first 13 seasons in Miami, winning three championships.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne adds that their is mutual interest in a reunion between the Heat and Wade "on both sides".

Wade joining the opponent that beat his Miami team in the 2014 NBA Finals would be a fascinating marriage of player and system. For now, we are just going to have to wait and see where Wade wants to take his talents next season.

Wade saved his worst for last.


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