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What will Bulls do with Dwyane Wade? John Paxson addresses the buyout rumors

While there are many questions surrounding what the Bulls will look like moving forward, one of the main ones surrounds their most recognizable player.

How much longer will Dwyane Wade be a Bull? It's been a question floating around all offseason as numerous rumors have indicated the team could buy Wade out of his contract — and that Wade could even be pushing for that to happen — allowing him to move on to another team that has a better chance of winning a title.

That thinking makes sense considering Wade came to the Bulls to team up with Jimmy Butler and make a run at a championship. But the Bulls finished eighth in the Eastern Conference last season and shipped Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this offseason, pointing the franchise in a drastically different direction.

What does John Paxson have to say about all that talk? The Bulls' president addressed those rumors in an exclusive interview with CSN's Mark Schanowski on Tuesday.

"We can't do anything about it," Paxson said of the rumors. "To be very honest, me and (general manager) Gar (Forman) sat down with Dwyane when the season ended. We were honest with him. We told him, 'We don't know what's going to happen.' At that time we were not shopping Jimmy. But we said all along that if a deal would come along that would allow us to rebuild, we'd have to look at it. We've said that to everybody. With that said, Dwyane's under contract. He has been a professional thorugh and through. We want to talk to him when he comes into town, and we will. Until then, I read the same things you do. But Gar and I will sit down with Dwyane when he comes to town."