MIAMI – With the Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade seemingly moving toward a buyout, Heat president Pat Riley was asked about Wade returning to the city where he played for 13 seasons.
“I feel great about our relationship that we had over the 13 years,” Riley said today while addressing the media before the start of training camp. “Anything that happens from a personnel standpoint down the road or any opportunities that are there, we’re always going to approach that.
“But right now he’s under contract with Chicago and I wish him the very best.”
Riley ended the quote by saying: “Did I finesse that enough for you?”
Wade and the Heat parted ways last summer of 2016 when the 12-time All-Star returned to his hometown, signing a two-year, $47 million deal. Wade then exercised his player option this summer, returning to Chicago for $23.8 million despite a rocky homecoming in which he feuded with teammates.
Bulls executive vice president John Paxson acknowledged Thursday there have been discussions about a buyout and the Bulls would be willing to accommodate a request from Wade but reiterated that any talks of a buyout would need to be “advantageous” for the organization.
Wade would be free to sign with any team if the two sides agree on a buyout.
“We want to work with Dwyane because we respect him very much,” Paxson said on on WSCR-670 AM. “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.”