Longtime Miami Heat great, 3-time world champ, and 12-time all-star, Dwayne Wade, has decided that, at 35, it's time to move on and look to other things. The Miami fan-favorite just signed a 2-year deal with his hometown Chicago Bulls, worth $47.5 million; just short of the $50 million that Wade was asking for, this deal most likely means his career will end in the Windy City.
Sorry fellow Celtics fans.
This D-Wade contract almost assures that the Bulls will not be trading their star forward, Jimmy Butler, who had reportedly been targeted by the Celtics again after missing out on Kevin Durant. With this deal, the Bulls now have a Big 3 of their own (better than what the Celts have), with Wade complimenting Butler and old friend, Rajon Rondo.
It's a weird signing considering the Bulls just dealt Derrick Rose and let Joakim Noah walk to the Knicks. Those deals I just mentioned made it almost certain that the Bulls were in rebuild, but with Wade, that might just not be the case. Best case scenario, the Bulls are out of it come February, and the Celtics can deal for him at the deadline. But for the time-being, the Celtics have, yet again, missed out on trading for the Bulls superstar.
So what's next for the guys in Green?
Okafor is coming off a very solid rookie campaign with the 76ers. The former number 3 overall pick in last season's draft has been put out there for teams to look at on the market due to the logjam at the center position with Nerlens Noel and now Joel Embiid looking like he's making a return. So Okafor is the odd man out. Even with the Al Horford signing, the Celtics problems down on the block are still existent. Horford is a nice big, but he's more of a stretch 4; so keeping him at the 4 can really assure that Boston gets the most out of Horford. Okafor could also learn a lot from the veteran while working as his front-court mate.
Now I know what you're thinking, "It's too risky." Well you'd be correct if you're thinking that. However, the Celtics are in a position where they're going to need to take risks in order to build up the team. Plus bringing him in for a year before he tests free agency makes it more likely for Boston to retain him than if they just targeted him in free agency. It would cost Smart, Bradley, Johnson, and a couple draft picks, but to get Russ in the backcourt with IT could be deadly.
A move that is a total shot in the dark, but Gordon Hayward is a name that occasionally gets tossed into the rumor mill as a guy the Celtics could trade for. And I love it. Hayward knows the Brad Stevens system since he played for him at Butler, and he adds a much needed outside shooting presence. He's a guy that would cost you a Brooklyn pick and a couple players like Bradley/Crowder, Johnson, and Smart; and he is 100% worth it.