Yesterday, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade talked to ESPN’s Michael Wilbon about trying to create a team of Super Friends in Miami. What interested me most was what Wade had to say about the Bulls.
From the transcript on TrueHoop: “I get teared up a little bit thinking about the opportunity I had. … Chicago, that’s my home. That’s where my heart will always be … unfortunately it didn’t work out that I’m in Chicago, but Chicago is my heart. And it will always be. … It was, it was a time where things kind of swinged, and it played on my emotions a lot, because I am a family oriented person and everyone heard the stuff about my kids. That was going to be my final decision. Of course, I want to be just like every man in the world, you want to be the best dad possible. You want to have every moment with your kids.”
If what Wade said is true — and I’d like to think he wasn’t talking about his kids just to heighten the personal drama — then the Bulls had a very real chance to lure him to Chicago…probably with Chris Bosh in tow. And based on what Wade had to say about salary, I don’t think taking a little less cash would have been an issue.
Said Wade: “This decision right here is about winning, and it’s about winning multiple championships. So as we came on, this is not a money situation. I’m not opposed to taking less money than what’s that max number. This is not about the money. … “I’m going to make a lot of money, no matter what happens. I’ve been blessed. I’m not counting every dollar and every cent. Let’s sit down, let’s see what the best thing is for us, for the long haul.”
In other words, the Bulls not having enough cap room to offer two max contracts apparently wasn’t the deciding issue. So Wade’s heart (and possibly his children) is in Chicago and a couple million here or there wasn’t a problem.
What happened? No, really. What happened?
To the outside observer, it sure looks like the Bulls had a legitimate shot at landing Wade, who’s no worse than the third or fourth best player in the league (depending on your standards of greatness). Once they realized that was the case, why didn’t management go all out to sign him? I mean, just imagine a lineup of Derrick Rose, Wade, Luol Deng, Bosh and Joakim Noah. That’s a team that could dominate the Eastern Conference.
Like, for the next decade.
And even if they didn’t nab Bosh, they probably still would have signed Boozer and the same prediction applies.
I ask again: What happened?
I can only see two possibilities. Either 1) Wade is posturing to add drama to the moment, or 2) the Bulls chose to wait for LeBron instead of immediately snapping Wade up. Can’t you just see Gar Forman saying, “It’s great that you want to come here, Dwyane. And we’d love you to…we just need to see how this LeBron situation pans out first.”
If that’s the case, no wonder Wade decided to stay in Miami. And what were the Bulls thinking? Unless LeBron told management during their meeting that he was absolutely, positively coming to Chicago, then there’s no excuse for not jumping on the Wade opportunity with some serious gusto.
Of course, this is all conjecture. Maybe Wade is suffering from selective memory. Maybe the Bulls really did make hot pursuit behind the scenes. We may never know. But still…it’s a pretty big “What If” for the Bulls and their fans to live with if — as expected — LeBron ends up somewhere else.
Oh well. It’s all in the past now. The Bulls have their inside scorer. It’s time to fill in the rest of the roster and start thinking about the team’s future.
Okay, maybe we’ll wait until LeBron makes his announcement tonight…