1. Dwyane Wade — Chicago Bulls
In terms of name-recognition, star power, and just overall shock value when it comes to the Chicago Bulls finally luring Dwyane Wade away from the Miami Heat and bringing the veteran to the Windy City is incredible. Seeing Wade in a jersey other than the Heat’s is going to be one of the strangest sights in recent memory, but that’s not the point here. What it really comes down to is if the move makes sense.
For the Bulls, the pretty obvious answer is that it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense at all. Looking at what Chicago has been trying to add in recent years in regards to bolstering the wing alongside Jimmy Butler, they’ve desperately needed more defense and more consistent perimeter shooting. Even in his prime, Wade wouldn’t be able to address the latter concern as he’s a notoriously inconsistent and unreliable outside shooter. Throw in the fact that Wade is past his prime at this point and the signing is even more suspect.
To be clear, Wade showed that he’s able to be effective still and can put up great numbers and be a great leader for this Bulls team. However, it just seems like this signing is a couple of years too late for both Wade and the Bulls. Wade isn’t the player he once was and won’t be able to give the Bulls what they really need to become a favorite in the Eastern Conference, all due respect to D-Wade.