The general consensus is that Dwyane Wade is staying in Miami and is trying to recruit a star free agent to play alongside him.
If that doesn't happen, would Wade consider heading to his hometown of Chicago?
Many experts are answering with a resounding no. And their reasons make some sense.
Wade and Derrick Rose are similar players. They don't have fantastic jump shots. Instead, they rely on driving to the basket and using their freakish athleticism and upper body strength to drive to the basket and draw contact.
They both also demand the ball, meaning the offense could not run through both of them. Neither is a true off-the-ball guard, even though Wade is typically thought of as a shooting guard.
But really, what's the problem with two fantastic athletes playing on the same team?
Sure it's not traditional. But neither is having LeBron James on a team with Wade, Rose, or even Kobe Bryant like some are suggesting. Having two players who demand the ball could be considered a problem.
But it's a good one to have.
Name one team that could legitimately defend a backcourt of D-Rose and D-Wade. There is none.
Consider the two teams from the NBA Finals this past season. Bryant could play lock-down defense on Wade, but Rose would blow by Jordan Farmar. Rajon Rondo could hold his own with Rose, but Wade is too crafty for Paul Pierce.
I can see where critics are coming from though. Nabbing Wade does nothing to solve the Bulls problems in the paint. Joakim Noah is a promising young talent and needs a traditional low-post scorer to complement his skills.
That sounds like a convincing argument. Except it's false.
The Bulls do not need a low-post scorer as badly as everyone says they do. Especially if they had a backcourt of Rose and Wade. Adding David Lee makes more sense than Wade? I don't think so.
Moreover, the NBA is becoming an increasingly guard-oriented league. The days of Shaq, Hakeem, Ewing, Robinson, etc. are over. A strong power forward is what teams are looking for nowadays, not a true center.
Noah and Gibson would be fine down low on defense against most teams and would thrive in a transition offense led by Rose and Wade. If a team posed a significant problem, such as the Lakers with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, Chicago would ideally sign Brad Miller to come off the bench for those specific situations.
Speaking of transition offense, how dangerous would it be to have Rose or Wade available to take the outlet pass and start the fastbreak? Tom Thibodeau is known for his defense, but with playmakers like the two of them, it would be hard not to push the tempo.
And guess what? With faster tempo comes more touches. Neither Rose nor Wade is going to demand the ball more if the team is winning. So that argument, the biggest argument against Wade to the Bulls, is a moot point.
Wade's first choice is to stay in Miami, which makes sense. He's played there his entire career and has a fan base who adores him. But he said he would only stay if the Heat surrounded him with better players.
If that doesn't happen, he would be wise to consider coming back to Chicago, where he would certainly have a strong supporting cast.
They say you can't have too much of a good thing. So why wouldn't the Bulls want to have Rose and Wade, two of the most electrifying players in the game?
And Wade wants a team he can win with. That's the Bulls.
Forget the traditional starting five. That's all up in the air with 2010 free agency. Adding Wade would be great for the Bulls, great for Wade, and great for Chicago.