Everybody’s favorite Vice President of Basketball Operations hopped onto 670 The Score’s Mully and Hanley show this morning to address everybody’s favorite million dollar question: how much longer will Dwyane Wade remain on the team? Paxson said the Bulls have been talking to Wade’s representatives:
“As I said when we had the press conference to introduce the new players after the draft, we have to always do what’s in our best interest,” Paxson said. “So there has to be something that is mutually agreed upon. It can’t be something the player wins because that’s what he wants. We have to do what’s in our best interest. Like I said, Gar’s having dialogue. We want to work with Dwyane because we respect very much. If he doesn’t want to be here, then we want to do it (the buyout). But again, the bottom line is always — and it has to be — that we have to do what’s in our best interest.”
The staring contest between Wade and his bosses continues. Who will back down first? It’s clear that what’s in the best interests of the Bulls organization isn’t in the best interests of Dwyane Wade and vice versa.
Somebody needs to give in or both need to negotiate otherwise Wade will remain a Bull and that probably isn’t in the interests of either party at this point.
In other news, Paxson used the platform to compliment some of his most maligned colleagues.
John Paxson is giving Fred Hoiberg high praise for the environment he's set up for young players this summer, his work with them.— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) September 21, 2017
John Paxson on Gar Forman: "Gar doesn't get enough credit. There's been a narrative, unfortunately, that we do everything wrong."— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) September 21, 2017
And in regards to Gar Forman, Paxson is totally right. Consistently losing trades, picking duds in the draft, all part of assembling these key players on the worst roster in the league. What is there not to like? Just an unfortunate narrative.