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The Houston Rockets should make a push for Dwyane Wade

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Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

The Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade are expected to reach a buyout sometime in the not-to-distant future. The Houston Rockets should make a push to sign him.

The Houston Rockets have had extraordinary success in the offseason.

They’ve lightened James Harden‘s workload with the acquisition of Chris Paul. Then, Houston bolstered its defense by adding Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker.

The Rockets are still working on acquiring Carmelo Anthony, a process that has drawn out longer than expected because of a lack of desirable assets. But Carmelo isn’t the only future Hall of Fame that Houston should have its eyes on.

According to ESPN’s Nick Friedell, the Bulls are expected to reach a buyout agreement with Dwyane Wade sometime in the near future.

From a pure basketball perspective, it appears the Bulls are well-equipped to do just that. Dwyane Wade isn’t expected to be long for the organization’s future, as nobody would be surprised if he decided not to stick around for a season in the tank and instead chooses to reach a buyout agreement at some point in the next few months.

After trading away Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo, the Bulls will finish with the worst record next season, according to ESPN’s projections.

For a future Hall of Famer like D-Wade, tanking isn’t exactly an ideal situation. At 35 years old, Wade wants to play for a championship contender, not a franchise contending for a future No. 1 pick.

Dwyane Wade is still really good.

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Wade isn’t quite the lighting quick superstar from his prior years. The “Flash” moniker is gone, replaced by a more appropriate “Father-Time” nickname. Last season, Wade averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Such numbers prove that he can still be extremely productive.

The Rockets don’t have a playmaker in the second unit, and Wade could fill that void very well. He plays better with the ball in his hands, scoring off of pick-and-rolls or finding an open teammate.

Dwyane has won three championships, a Finals MVP and has 12 All-Star appearances. At this point in his career, he has seen just about everything, and would be one of the most respected members in any locker room.

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If the Rockets can complete a trade for Carmelo Anthony and lure Dwyane Wade to Houston, they would have three of the four members of the Banana Boat Crew. LeBron James will become a free agent in 2018, and the Rockets could become a target destination with all of his friends in Houston. It’s probably a romantic notion at best, nevertheless one that Rockets fans can still dream about.