Despite Butler trade, Wade to return to Bulls

Ashish Mathur

The Chicago Bulls traded star forward Jimmy Butler on draft night to the Minnesota Timberwolves, sending shock waves throughout the NBA world.

Immediately after the trade, many began wondering if Dwyane Wade would change his mind about exercising his player option with the Bulls, now that it's become clear Chicago is heading for a rebuild.

Wade, however, is still taking his player option for $23.8 million next season, according to a report by

This shouldn't come as a surprise. Wade is not going to get that type of money on the open market, and with his résumé already being world-class, he doesn't really need to chase a ring.

The chance to live in his hometown of Chicago and make a nice salary is a situation Wade clearly couldn't pass.