Dwyane Wade Leaning Towards The Chicago Bulls

Coach NickContributor IIJuly 2, 2010

MIAMI - APRIL 25:  Guard Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat reacts against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 25, 2010 in Miami, Florida. Wdae had 46 points as the Heat defeated the Celtics 101-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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It's been reported by ESPN that Dwyane Wade is "intrigued" by the Chicago Bulls, enough to have a second meeting with them. Originally, Wade's meeting with the Bulls was just a formality, but the second meeting has sent shockwaves across the league. Certainly, Pat Riley did not see this coming and could end up being like the evil Russian submarine captain Ramius in "The Hunt For Red October" when his second in command informs him "You arrogant ass. You've killed us!"

Wade is a Chicago native who idolized Michael Jordan and the Bulls growing up. It is no secret he used to dream of leading the Bulls to a championship in United Center. 

The second meeting is to discuss how the Bulls could sign a second max free agent. The only way to do that would be to do a sign and trade. Since they are under the cap now, the Bulls can go over in a sign and trade, meaning the contracts don't have to match perfectly. Brad Miller would be the prime player to move since his last contract netted him $12.25 million. Luol Deng would be the other, who is on the books for a little more than $10 million. 

There is no question the Bulls would need a huge amount of luck and craftiness to somehow put this deal together, but imagine a line up of Derrick Rose and Wade at guard, Deng, LeBron, and Noah in the frontcourt. That's something that could be viable for a championship. More likely, the Bulls could try and do a sign and trade with Toronto for Chris Bosh - who has been considered a LeBron hanger on, but this could be a much better fit. Will Toronto be willing to do this, effectively handing the Bulls a number of championships on a plate? Memphis certainly was when they gave the Lakers Pau Gasol for next to nothing.

By the end of the day tomorrow, there could be some huge tremors in the landscape, as LeBron wants to wrap this up by Tuesday when his camp starts. But as of now, it looks like Wade and Bosh go to the Bulls and team up with Rose and Noah (and possibly Deng). LeBron would stay in Cleveland, OR go to Miami - why not? Whatever we find out by tomorrow, I suspect few will have predicted any of this.

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