For those of you that may not have seen the constant bombardment of media outlets covering this story, the Chicago Bulls have signed the 34-year old Chicago Native with a history of knee problems named Dwyane Wade.
Wait, didn’t they just get rid of a “Hometown Son” with a history of knee problems a few weeks ago? Isn’t this a little counter-productive?
Anyway, signing Wade is unnecessary for the process of going younger for the future. The Bulls “brass” is stuck in this perpetual cycle where they “must win now,” with putting asses in seats being a “job well done” if they can’t.
That is exactly what you are going to get with Wade. His presence on the team will make it seem like the Bulls are in a “must win” mode. But in the end, he will just turn into a big name that put fans in the building because of his Chicago ties and his championship pedigree.
“But what about attracting big names during next year’s free agency,” some may say?
What free agents are the Bulls going to attract? What makes you think that any free-agent is going to be impressed by Rondo, old man Wade, Butler, and the Rec-League All-Stars?
“So then what would you do,” someone may ask?
Don’t throw all your eggs in one basket. Meaning, don’t give a majority of your money to an older version of Derrick Rose just to save face with your fan base.
Wade is going to be 35 years old, and has only played 70+ games ONCE since the 2010-2011 season.
Instead, what should have been done was the Bulls should have signed a cheap big man that can put up 8-10 points and 8 boards a game, along with another cheap wing that you can put in to eat up minutes.
By doing this, the Bulls open up even more cap room to use on the bigger free agents next year, such as Russel Westbrook, Blake Griffin, and more! Not saying that they will land these guys, but it’s worth having more money to spend then not.
WITHOUT WADE, the Bulls would be garbage next year, and would absolutely not make the postseason. WITHOUT WADE, the Bulls would have a higher chance of snagging a high lottery pick in a draft that is laced with top-tier young talent.
But with Wade, the Bulls would be lucky to see a pick above 18.
There goes the young talent rebuild!