The Bulls are reportedly attempting to make room to sign Dwyane Wade.
According to a report from The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls are attempting to trade veteran players — specifically Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy — in hopes of creating enough cap space to sign Wade, a Chicago native and three-time NBA champion, who is "serious" about joining the Bulls.
Sources: In last few hours, Bulls calling teams to unload contracts, trying to create space to sign Dwyane Wade. Wade is serious about them.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2016
Sources: Two players Bulls are calling everyone with space on: Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy. Those contracts get them toward Wade space.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2016
Those are difficult contracts to unload without incentives (picks). Tougher roster decisions could loom if Chicago wanted to sign Wade.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2016
Reports involving Wade and the Bulls have been coming in at top speed. Earlier Wednesday, the Bulls reportedly were forced to cancel a meeting with Wade due to continual flight delays, and later Wednesday, it was reported they remained significant involved in attempting to sign the 34-year-old.
Wade is a 12-time All Star who has spent his entire career with the Miami Heat. He won his first NBA title alongside Shaquille O'Neal in 2006 and won two more in 2012 and 2013 after LeBron James and Chris Bosh took their talents to South Beach.
Wade has not been known as the most durable player over the course of his career, playing in just 308 of the Heat's 410 regular-season games over the past five seasons. His 19 points per game last season matched the lowest scoring average since his rookie season, same with his 4.6 assists per game.
The two players mentioned by Wojnarowski as potential trade candidates, Calderon and Dunleavy, have a combined 25 seasons of NBA experience. Calderon was acquired earlier this offseason in the trade that sent Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks. Dunleavy has spent the past three seasons with the Bulls, only playing in 31 games last season.