Earlier this offseason, Dwyane Wade opted in for the final year of his two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls, which seemed like a bizarre decision considering that the team is rebuilding and he's 35 years old (though feel free to point out that his $24 million salary is more than he would've commanded had he tested the market).
However, despite that development, D-Wade's days of being listed on Chicago's roster are clearly numbered, a fact that was once again echoed by ESPN's Nick Friedell on Tuesday, as he stated definitively that a buyout between the club and the 12-time All-Star is "inevitable." Friedell made that statement during an airing of The Jump:
"This is inevitable. It's coming," Friedell said. "It's just a matter of when not if. But right now, guys, it's just kind of a staring contest. Everybody's looking at each other saying 'OK, how much money are you willing to give up?'"
While saying that he didn't think the move would happen until December or January, Friedell also relayed that the young players on the Bulls had had enough of Wade, ever since he and Jimmy Butler aired them out after a loss to the Hawks this past January. The source of the contention, as you may remember, was Wade calling out his teammates in practice about working hard enough, despite the fact that he wasn't really practicing himself.
"The young players on the Bulls really can't stand Dwyane," Friedell added. "It's no secret in Chicago, they have had enough."
"He didn’t practice…but they really got upset because he called them all out in the media. And he said, 'You guys aren’t working hard enough.' And then they had a big team meeting the next day, and they said, 'Who are you to say we’re not working hard? Because we’re out there every day busting our butt.' So there’s a lot of friction there, a lot of tension."
This info comes at the same time that there has been speculation about Wade joining the Cavs at some point in this upcoming season. And while that certainly would've been a much more exciting development a few years ago, it sounds like it couldn't come soon enough for players currently in the Bulls's locker room.