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Dwyane Wade out for season with broken elbow

Dwyane Wade

Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade reacts after being injured during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Chicago. The Grizzlies won 98-91. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Has Dwyane Wade played his last game for the Bulls?

The star guard, who can opt out this summer, is done for at least this year.

Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago:

This isn’t the type of injury that should hold back the 35-year-old Wade, who’d make $23.8 million next season if he opts in, once he heals. As long he’ll be ready for the start of next season, potential suitors shouldn’t be dissuaded in free agency – because of this. Wade’s creaky knees and declining production cause enough apprehension.

The Bulls have more immediate concerns. One game and two teams out of playoff position, they want to reach the postseason.

Chicago has little choice but to lean even more on Jimmy Butler, a concerning prospect considering Butler’s struggles since a heel injury last month. Denzel Valentine and Paul Zipser could also receive larger roles.

Wade is no longer an elite player, but he carried a huge offensive load for the Bulls while maintaining reasonable efficiency and without being a defensive liability. He won’t be easily replaced.