Miami guard Dwyane Wade told the Chicago Tribune that he, LeBron and Atlanta’s Joe Johnson plan to discuss their summer options with each other before the free agency period begins July 1. But as the Bulls try to woo all three future free agents, Wade is skeptical of the team’s priorities.
“I think the biggest question that you think about has to be loyalty,” Wade told the Tribune. “I know one thing about Miami: It is a very loyal organization. I see what they do with their players when their players get done with the game of basketball … how loyal they are. I don’t know about the Bulls.”
Bulls GM Gar Forman believes top free agents and coaches will be eager to join the franchise, and team officials have previously downplayed the perception that the organization lacks loyalty (though the clash between John Paxson and now-former coach Vinny Del Negro did little to help their cause).
When the three max free agents sit down sometime soon, Wade said Bulls next coach – whomever it may be – will not play into their decision-making because “the coach is only as good as his players.”
“[Free agency] has been three years coming,” he continued. “We’ve discussed it prematurely, at different times. [But] you don’t know what guys are thinking and where they’re going. I think we’ll all sit down, and before one of us makes a decision, all of us will have spoken to each other and [listened to the] thinking.
“A lot of decisions [will be based on] what other players are willing to do and what other guys want to do. So it’s not just a ‘me’ situation here. We’ll have to look and see what each other is thinking.”
“I understand that you have to have a great team, a great supporting cast around you. That’s all I want,” he said. “My ego is not that big. … I just want to win.” [Chicago Tribune]