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Bulls open to Dwyane Wade buyout only if ‘advantageous’ to team

The Chicago Bulls start training camp next Monday, and surprisingly, Dwyane Wade still remains a member of the team. The prevailing belief was that a buyout was in the offing this offseason, as the team does not need an aging player as it embarks upon a total rebuild.

Whether or not the Bulls do indeed buy out Wade before the 2017-18 NBA season is up to one person: Wade himself, as was intimated by John Paxson.

The Bulls executive vice president on Thursday morning made an appearance Thursday on WSCR-670 AM to address the Wade situation. Paxson made it clear a buyout would only occur if it proved “advantageous” to the Bulls.

“Some dialogue is going on,” Paxson said, via the Chicago Tribune. “We understand where (Wade) is at this time of his career. We’re more than willing to work with him. But as I said when we had the press conference to introduce the new players after the draft, we have to always do what’s in our best interest. So there has to be something that is mutually agreed upon. It can’t be something the player wins because that’s what he wants.

“We want to work with Dwyane because we respect him very much. If he doesn’t want to be here, then we want to do (the buyout). But again, the bottom line is always — and it has to be — that we have to do what’s in our best interest.”

Paxson indicated Wade was not part of said dialogue but that talks have occurred between the 35-year-old veteran’s representatives and Bulls general manager Gar Forman.

Wade as recently as two weeks ago stated, “The only thing I’ll say is right now my plan is to be in training camp.”

Much talk of late has centered around what Wade will do and where he may go should he get bought out by the Bulls. It would appear that Wade will have to be amenable to sacrificing much of the $23.8 million owed to him after opting into his contract for next season. That appears to be what Paxson is trying to imply.