The Chicago Bulls ended up stranded at the altar the last time they tried to bring Dwyane Wade to the Windy City, but this time around the team seems even more confident that the union could take place.
According to a report out from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Bulls are confident enough in their prospects of getting Wade that they are calling numerous NBA teams trying to unload the contracts necessary to create cap room to bring the veteran guard into the picture.
Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy were the names mentioned by Wojnarowski as potential players that could be on the block, with Calderon expendable now that the team has agreed to a deal with point guard Rajon Rondo and Dunleavy heading into the last year of his contract with the Bulls.
Wade, a 12-time All-Star with the Miami Heat, has soured on his relationship with that team and has been taking meetings with numerous other clubs as the free agent signing period has gotten underway. Wade has also reportedly had meetings with the Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Milwaukee Bucks, but the Bulls likely are right in the thick of things in their pursuit of his services.
Born and raised in the Chicago-area, Wade could give the Bulls a homegrown piece to build around, making themselves more competitive in the short term and proving that they are a viable option for free agents as an even bigger crop of players, including Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry, will be free to choose new homes after the 2016-17 season.