According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls are one of three teams that have locked down meetings with free agent shooting guard Dwyane Wade.
The Bulls were expected to meet with Wade on Wednesday, but Wojnarowski reported that they cancelled the meeting with Wade after their flight kept getting delayed. The Bulls may still meet with Wade on Thursday, per Wojnarowski.
Sources: Bulls cancelled meeting, flight kept getting pushed back. If Wade is still serious, Chicago could travel to meet him on Thursday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2016
Wojnarowski tweeted Wednesday morning that the 34-year-old Wade would meet with the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, and also has meetings set up with the Milwaukee Bucks and Bulls. There's also a chance, he reported, Wade will meet with the Miami Heat, who Wade has played for his entire 13-year NBA career.
Sources on @TheVertical: Beyond Denver meeting for Dwyane Wade in New York today: Milwaukee, Chicago meetings set. Miami possible too now.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2016
Sources on @TheVertical: So far, closest Wade has to a third-year on deal: Chicago w/ a partial guarantee. Denver, Miami offering two years.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2016
The third year is interesting on two fronts. First, Chicago Tribune Bulls reporter K.C. Johnson wrote that the Bulls were exclusively offering free agents one- or two-year deals. Second, Wade has logged more than 36,000 regular and postseason minutes and despite a bounce-back year in 2015, a three-year deal would be aggressive for a Bulls team looking to get younger.
The Bulls currently have less cap space than the Nuggets and Heat, but could free up space by trading Taj Gibson ($8.95 million) or Mike Dunleavy ($4.8 million), or using the stretch provision on Jose Calderon, who is owed $7.7 million this upcoming year.
The Nuggets are reportedly willing to give Wade a two-year, $52 million deal, where the Heat for now are holding at $40 million on a two-year deal.
Wade, who was drafted by Miami in 2003, has reportedly grown frustrated by the organization after it prioritized free agents Hassan Whiteside and Kevin Durant over him.
Update: Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy reports that Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo, who the Bulls signed last weekend, are reportedly recruiting Wade to the Bulls.
Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo have been recruiting Dwyane Wade to Chicago, according to sources close to situation.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 6, 2016