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Dwyane Wade wants to leave all options open this summer

Dwyane Wade wants to leave all options open this summer
Published On: Sat, Apr 29
May 15, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) grabs his foot during the fourth quarter in game seven of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Toronto Raptors won 116-89. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Bulls guard Dwyane Wade wants to leave all his options open this summer as he decides whether he wants to pick up the player option he has for $23.8 million next season.

"There's so many different variables that come into play, especially for me at this point in my career," Wade said after his exit meeting with the Bulls' front office. "Like I said, I have a great luxury. I don't need to ring chase, but I can. It's a great luxury to have if I want to do. Or I can be a part of passing down my knowledge to younger players. It's either way. Whatever I decide, I'm going to embrace whatever role I have on a team. That's sometimes being the second option. Sometimes I'm going to be the first. And sometimes this season, I had to be the third or fourth. It all changes, and you want to be the best at whatever role is presented to you. I've always been that way. It won't change. That will always be me."

Wade signed with the Bulls last summer after spending the first 13 seasons with the Miami Heat. Wade averaged 18.3 points in this season, but was mostly a non-factor in the Bulls' 1st round playoff loss to the Boston Celtics, going 1-for-10 in Game 6 on Friday night. Wade said that he would take some time for himself and then would connect with Bulls executives Gar Forman and John Paxson in a few weeks to discuss what direction the organization would go in the future. Many people within the organization privately believe that Wade will decide to pick up the option because it's highly unlikely he will get a comparable offer for next season.

"Myself, Gar, Pax, once they get all their information together, in the sense of direction of where they see the organization going, and who they see as a part of it, etcetera," Wade said. "Just sit down and go from there. Same way you do when you decide to come and be apart of something. You sit down, you talk about it, and it's the same way. I'm sure it will be a few weeks when they get all the information they need and they put the draft hat on, and all the other things together. At some point we will sit down and talk and I'll see what direction they're going in and then we'll make a decision."

Wade noted that he felt in conversations with Forman and Paxson that the pair wanted to have a more defined direction moving forward. Wade said earlier in the season that he didn't want to play with a bunch of younger players at this point in his career and that he wanted to see what the Bulls decided regarding potentially moving Butler or not this summer, but the 35 year old walked those comments back a little bit on Saturday.

"It is a Dwyane Wade decision," Wade said. "Jimmy is a huge component in me being here and what's his future like, but at the end of the day it's a me decision. It is a Dwyane Wade decision at the end of the day, but everyone knows Jimmy's my guy. I'm here because of our conversation. But a lot of it depends on the whole big picture, and not just one piece. Jimmy is a big piece, but it's a big picture. As an organization, just want to make sure that we're all on the same page."

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