Dwyane Wade has made no secret of his desire to stay in Miami and convince at least one major free agent to join him in South Florida.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel cited a source close to Wade saying the Heat star planned to cover his bases by scheduling meetings with the Bulls, among other teams, when the free-agent negotiating period opens Thursday at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time.
This might be news to the Bulls. A source familiar with the situation does not think the Bulls have plans to meet with Wade.
When the plan was hatched to create cap space for the summer of 2010, the Bulls thought they had a reasonable chance to sign Wade. Now they might see the pursuit as a waste of time, though things could always change if Wade waves the olive branch.
A few weeks ago, Wade was critical of the Bulls, claiming they’re not loyal to their former players, using as evidence the fact that neither Michael Jordan nor Scottie Pippen currently has a role in the organization.
Bulls general manager Gar Forman countered by pointing out the large number of former Bulls involved with the team, including vice president of basketball operations John Paxson, coaches Pete Myers and Randy Brown, broadcasters Bill Wennington and Stacey King, along with community relations specialist Bob Love.
The Bulls’ top priority in free agency is obviously LeBron James. They’ll focus the rest of their attention attention primarily on Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson and Carlos Boozer.
If the Bulls can't sign James, they'll most likely aim for Johnson and one of the power forwards.
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Add Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant to the cast of thousands making free agent predictions. During an appearance in Chicago on Monday, Durant said he thinks LeBron James will sign with the Bulls.