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A timeline of Dwyane Wade's year with the Bulls

A timeline of Dwyane Wade's year with the Bulls

Dwyane Wade made headlines this past summer in deciding to sign with his hometown Bulls after 13 seasons with the Miami Heat. We'll document that story, and everything Wade has accomplished in Chicago before and after, with Inside Look: Dwyane Wade, airing Wednesday, April 12 at 9 p.m. on CSN. To get you ready for the show, we look back at a timeline of Wade's time with the Bulls this season.

July 1: Free agency begins at midnight, and The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Bulls are one of four teams pursuing Dwyane Wade. The veteran guard has become frustrated in contract talks with the Heat after Pat Riley reportedly offers him $10 million per year.

July 5: Wade continues discussions with three teams: Chicago, Denver and Miami. He is reportedly looking for a two-year, $50 million deal, which would require each of the teams to unload cap space to make room for Wade.

July 6: The Bulls schedule a meeting with Wade in New York, but the front office's flight keeps getting pushed back and the meeting is cancelled. Wade also has meting scheduled with the Nuggets and Bucks, and may meet with the Heat. Wojnarowski reports that the Bulls are still "significantly involved" with Wade and that the meeting has no bearing on Wade's decision.

July 6: Wade reportedly agrees to a two-year, $47.5 million deal with the Bulls. The second year includes a player option. The deal is more than the $40 million Miami offered to keep the face of their franchise, but less than the $52 million the rebuilding Nuggets offered. The Robbins, Ill., native returns home. To make financial room for Wade the Bulls deal Mike Dunleavy to the Cavaliers and Jose Calderon to the Lakers, saving $12.5 million in cap space.

July 6: Wade pens a letter to Miami and Heat fans after choosing to sign with the Bulls. In the letter, Wade admits "this was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice for myself and my family." He also write that "it has been an honor to have played with (the Heat) and help build a winning franchise with three NBA championships."

July 9: Wade dispels the notion that he holds any anymosity toward Heat president Pat Riley. Though Wade was frustrated with Miami putting a priority on signing Kevin Durant and re-signing Hassan Whiteside, he says that "I love Pat Riley...And I know he feels the same way about me."

July 15: Wade officially signs with the Bulls. The Bulls' Twitter account sends out a video message from Wade, who says "I'm excited to play at a place that I've always envisioned playing in, playing in the city I was born and raised in. I'm excited to hear your guys' cheers and support behind this organization and this team."

July 29: One day after making a surprise appearance at Lollapalooza, Wade is formally introduced by the Bulls. Among the headlines, Wade says he's excited to return home and says the team belongs to Jimmy Butler, who shows up to the press conference wearing Marquette shorts (both Butler and Wade attended Marquette University). Says Wade: "This is one of those moments for me, that is a dream come true."

Sept. 26: Wade appears in a Bulls uniform for the first time at media day. Though he says the jersey material feels the same, the new environment will take some getting used to: "I was somewhere for so long, I knew where to go, I can walk backwards and get anywhere I want to go. It's just different (in Chicago), but different is not a bad thing."

Oct. 3: Wade is introduced by PA announcer Tommy Edwards in his Bulls preseason debut. Like Derrick Rose, Wade also gets introduced as "from Chicago!"

Oct. 12: Wade, who has been to five NBA Finals and won three of them, sets realistic expectations for the Bulls, saying "When you're coming off a season where as an organization you don't make the playoffs, your goal can't be winning a championship...Your goal has to be day-to-day making steps to improve yourself so you can get to a point where you're a playoff team."

Oct: 23: Wade and good friend LeBron James place a friendly wager on the World Series, featuring the Cubs and Cleveland Indians. The loser between Wade's Cubs and James' Indians will wear the winning team's jersey to the arena the next time the two play each other. On Dec. 2, James makes good on the bet, donning a head-to-toe Cubs home uniform.

Oct. 27: Wade doesn't take long to make his impact felt in Chicago, hitting a dagger 3-pointer to help the Bulls top the Celtics on Opening Night. Wade finishes with 22 points, including four 3-pointers, with six rebounds and five assists.

Nov. 8: Wade opens up to CSN Insider Vincent Goodwill about why he chose to leave the Heat after 13 seasons. Among the reasons, Wade admits "I did my homework because I understand Hassan (Whiteside) was a priority, which he should've been. I understood that they were trying to go out and get KD, because that's something they wanted to do. But I had to look out for myself and put myself in a situation that I wanted to be in, if things didn't work out the way I wanted them to work out, and they didn't."

Nov. 10: Wade returns to Miami as a visitor for the first time. He struggles from the field, shooting just 5-for-17 while scoring 13 points. His teammates pick him up, however, in the 98-95 victory, which proves to be an important win by season's end for tiebreaker purposes.

Nov. 28: Two close losses on the Bulls' last Circus Trip lead Wade to reiterate his disdain for the NBA's Last 2 Minute reports. In both losses, to LA and Denver, the league said the following day that calls went against the Bulls which could have changed the outcome of each game. "I hate them. I hate the two-minute reports. I'll go on record saying it again," Wade says.

Dec. 2: Playing against friend and former teammate LeBron James for the first time in a Bulls uniform, Wade scores 24 points in a 111-105 victory. 

Dec. 15: Wade posts a touching video tribute on his Instagram to Craig Sager, who passes away at age 65 from cancer. In the video, Wade says "Leaving a legacy is leaving a story to tell. Craig has left us with so many stories to tell, so many memories, so many moments. Whether it's people who want to be like him, whether it's people that never met him and just seen him from afar and enjoy his light that shined on him. That's a legacy. That's a legend."

Dec. 25: Though the Bulls were trounced in San Antonio by the Spurs, Wade becomes the fourth player in NBA history to reach 300 career points on Christmas Day. He joins Kobe Bryant (395 points), Oscar Robertson (377) and LeBron James (301).

Jan. 6: Wade addresses Jimmy Butler trade rumors, saying " It's been a rumor every week but nothing has happened. It's a big market, something to talk about. A couple extra hits. It's the way the world works, the world we're in."

Jan. 14: Wade turns back the clock, scoring 17 of his 22 points in the final period to help the Bulls over the Pelicans and end a three-game losing streak. Wade joked after the game that he "emptied the clip tonight" having the next night's game in Memphis off for rest purposes.

Jan. 25: After the Bulls blow a 10-point lead in the closing minutes to the Hawks, Wade and Butler unleash rants on teammates not caring enough. The 14-year veteran says "You don't care enough. It's got to mean that much to you to want to win. And it doesn't. So I don't know. I don't know happened. I don't know how you fix it. It just doesn't mean enough for guys around here to want to win ball games." Wade is benched two days for his comments, coming off the bench and scoring 15 points in a loss to the Heat.

Feb. 7: "Flash" appears in Sacramento, as Wade scores 31 points in a crucial win over the Kings. Playing without Jimmy Butler, Wade shoots 12 of 18 from the field, scores 20 points after halftime and scores the team's final seven points in the final 65 seconds.

Feb. 26: Wade comes as close to a triple-double as humanly possible, missing out on his first since 2011 by a single rebound. The culprit was Cris Felicio, who went after a rebound in the closing seconds as Wade tried to corral his 10th board. Wade joked about his feelings toward Felicio after the game, saying "No hate. Just a strong dislike, though. You know how long it's been since I had a triple double? It's been a long time."

March 16: Wade expresses "fear" over the elbow injury he suffers against the Grizzlies. The following day the Bulls announce Wade had suffered a fracture in his elbow. They also announce that Wade will miss the remainder of the regular season...

April 8: After missing 11 games and recovering quicker than expected, Wade returns to the lineup against the Nets, scoring 14 points in 24 minutes. Two days later he adds 13 points and six rebounds in the Bulls' 47-point win over the Magic, doing all he can do push the Bulls into the postseason.

Could star-crossed Derrick Rose be ready to call it quits?

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Could star-crossed Derrick Rose be ready to call it quits?

I'll never forget watching the reaction of Derrick Rose after he found out his hometown Bulls had won the rights to draft first overall in the 2008 lottery. Rose was smiling from ear to ear as he imagined the possibilities of leading the team he rooted for growing up back to greatness. And, the fact the Bulls faced such long odds to win the top pick made the news even sweeter for the soft-spoken teenager from Simeon high school.

Rose took the NBA by storm, turning in the kind of highlight reel plays Bulls fans hadn't seen since the Jordan era. He was named Rookie of the Year and matched a record set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by scoring 36 points in his very first playoff game against the Celtics. The future couldn't look brighter for Chicago's hometown hero.

Rose really took off in his first season playing for Tom Thibodeau, averaging 25 points a game while leading the Bulls to a league-best 62-20 record, in the process becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history. The Bulls lost to Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals, but it appeared only a matter of time before Rose brought NBA championship to the city of Chicago.

But then came that fateful Saturday afternoon in April of 2012 when Rose ruptured his left ACL playing the meaningless final minutes of the Bulls' playoff opening win over Philadelphia. The Bulls would go on to lose that series while Rose headed off to a long and frightening rehab. The wunderkind suddenly robbed of his amazing gifts with one fateful misstep.

Rose sat out the entire 2012-13 season, drawing criticism from many fans and some media members who expected Rose to return after the mid-season All-Star break. Eleven games into the 2013-14 season, Rose was hurt again, this time with a season-ending right meniscus tear. Forget the flashy Adidas marketing campaign about Rose coming back better than ever, we would never see the explosive league MVP again.

Only Rose, his family and his trusted friends know the extent of the frustration that Derrick went through as he tried to prove to all the doubters he could still be one of the league's best players. Rose grew more combative with the media when questioned about trying to reshape his game given the new physical limitations. He would have one more knee surgery while a member of the Bulls, missing about six weeks in the 2014-15 season following another right meniscus tear.

Rose had one more heroic moment in a Bulls' uniform, banking in a three-point heave to give the Bulls a 2-1 series lead over LeBron James and the Cavs in the 2015 playoffs, but Cleveland would go on to sweep the next three games of the series, ending Rose's last chance to lead his hometown team to a championship.

Rose was traded to the Knicks in June of 2016 after the Bulls failed to make the playoffs, but after having a productive 2016-17 campaign in New York, Rose would suffer yet another knee injury, leading to another summer of rehab and doubt.

After talking openly with reporters about getting a shot at signing another max contract in September of 2015, two years before he would hit free agency, Rose could only land a veteran's minimum deal to hop on board with LeBron and the Cavs this season. He played fairly well in seven games, averaging 14.3 points on 47 percent shooting from the field, but then an injury sidelined him again, this time an ankle sprain.

Which brings us to Friday's bombshell that Rose was leaving the team to "re-evaluate his future in the NBA." Would the self-described "hooper" actually pull the plug on his NBA career at the age of 29? It seems like all the years of injuries, rehab and reduced effectiveness have taken a substantial physical and emotional toll.

In Rose's mind, he's still one of the league's elite players and should be held in the same regard as LeBron, KD, Steph, Russ and James Harden. Problem is, his body has already betrayed him, and the stat sheets that continually show more turnovers than assists are becoming too difficult to ignore.

Maybe some time away from the daily grind will convince Derrick he still loves the game and wants to get back with the Cavs to play whatever role is needed for a team with an excellent chance to get back to the Finals next June. Or maybe being with his son and family members during the holiday season will convince him that the cycle of injury and rehab is something he just doesn't want to endure anymore, even at the price of giving up the $80 million remaining on his shoe contract with Adidas.

Cavs coach Ty Lue says he's confident Rose will return to the team after some time away, and LeBron has been vocal in his support of Rose trying to re-establish his identity with a championship contender. My best guess is Rose will play again for the Cavs this season, but whether he wants to continue down the road of many injured stars, moving from city to city on minimum contracts, just might not be worth it anymore.

Another wild twist in the Derrick Rose saga

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Another wild twist in the Derrick Rose saga

We may have seen the last of Derrick Rose on a basketball court. 

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski, the point guard, who's currently recovering from ankle injury, is away from the Cavaliers organization and contemplating his future in basketball: 

The news may come as a shock considering Rose is still only 29 years old, but the Chicago native has experienced triumphant highs and depressing lows like few others in league history. Undoubtedly, that's taken a toll. 

From youngest MVP in league history to injury-prone backup, the former No. 1 pick of the Bulls has seen it all in his nine-year career. And just last season in New York, his passion for the game was called into question after missing a game without informing coaches, players or staff to attend to a family issue. 

He decided to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland last offseason -- a move that nobody could have predicted five years ago -- on a veteran's minimum contract, and averaged 14.3 points before, you guessed it, being forced to sit with injury. 

Fred Hoiberg, who coached Rose for one season in Chicago, weighed in before Friday's Bulls-Warriors game: 

If Rose ultimately decides to step away for good, eerie parallels can be drawn to Doug Collins' NBA stint. Collins didn't have quite the upside Rose had, but he was a three-time All-Star before foot and knee injuries cut his career short at, yes, also 29. 

It's another sad twist in the Derrick Rose Story. He may be the greatest 'What if' in NBA history.