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A timeline of Dwyane Wade's year with the Bulls

A timeline of Dwyane Wade's year with the Bulls

Dwyane Wade made headlines this past summer in deciding to sign with his hometown Bulls after 13 seasons with the Miami Heat. We'll document that story, and everything Wade has accomplished in Chicago before and after, with Inside Look: Dwyane Wade, airing Wednesday, April 12 at 9 p.m. on CSN. To get you ready for the show, we look back at a timeline of Wade's time with the Bulls this season.

July 1: Free agency begins at midnight, and The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Bulls are one of four teams pursuing Dwyane Wade. The veteran guard has become frustrated in contract talks with the Heat after Pat Riley reportedly offers him $10 million per year.

July 5: Wade continues discussions with three teams: Chicago, Denver and Miami. He is reportedly looking for a two-year, $50 million deal, which would require each of the teams to unload cap space to make room for Wade.

July 6: The Bulls schedule a meeting with Wade in New York, but the front office's flight keeps getting pushed back and the meeting is cancelled. Wade also has meting scheduled with the Nuggets and Bucks, and may meet with the Heat. Wojnarowski reports that the Bulls are still "significantly involved" with Wade and that the meeting has no bearing on Wade's decision.

July 6: Wade reportedly agrees to a two-year, $47.5 million deal with the Bulls. The second year includes a player option. The deal is more than the $40 million Miami offered to keep the face of their franchise, but less than the $52 million the rebuilding Nuggets offered. The Robbins, Ill., native returns home. To make financial room for Wade the Bulls deal Mike Dunleavy to the Cavaliers and Jose Calderon to the Lakers, saving $12.5 million in cap space.

July 6: Wade pens a letter to Miami and Heat fans after choosing to sign with the Bulls. In the letter, Wade admits "this was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice for myself and my family." He also write that "it has been an honor to have played with (the Heat) and help build a winning franchise with three NBA championships."

July 9: Wade dispels the notion that he holds any anymosity toward Heat president Pat Riley. Though Wade was frustrated with Miami putting a priority on signing Kevin Durant and re-signing Hassan Whiteside, he says that "I love Pat Riley...And I know he feels the same way about me."

July 15: Wade officially signs with the Bulls. The Bulls' Twitter account sends out a video message from Wade, who says "I'm excited to play at a place that I've always envisioned playing in, playing in the city I was born and raised in. I'm excited to hear your guys' cheers and support behind this organization and this team."

July 29: One day after making a surprise appearance at Lollapalooza, Wade is formally introduced by the Bulls. Among the headlines, Wade says he's excited to return home and says the team belongs to Jimmy Butler, who shows up to the press conference wearing Marquette shorts (both Butler and Wade attended Marquette University). Says Wade: "This is one of those moments for me, that is a dream come true."

Sept. 26: Wade appears in a Bulls uniform for the first time at media day. Though he says the jersey material feels the same, the new environment will take some getting used to: "I was somewhere for so long, I knew where to go, I can walk backwards and get anywhere I want to go. It's just different (in Chicago), but different is not a bad thing."

Oct. 3: Wade is introduced by PA announcer Tommy Edwards in his Bulls preseason debut. Like Derrick Rose, Wade also gets introduced as "from Chicago!"

Oct. 12: Wade, who has been to five NBA Finals and won three of them, sets realistic expectations for the Bulls, saying "When you're coming off a season where as an organization you don't make the playoffs, your goal can't be winning a championship...Your goal has to be day-to-day making steps to improve yourself so you can get to a point where you're a playoff team."

Oct: 23: Wade and good friend LeBron James place a friendly wager on the World Series, featuring the Cubs and Cleveland Indians. The loser between Wade's Cubs and James' Indians will wear the winning team's jersey to the arena the next time the two play each other. On Dec. 2, James makes good on the bet, donning a head-to-toe Cubs home uniform.

Oct. 27: Wade doesn't take long to make his impact felt in Chicago, hitting a dagger 3-pointer to help the Bulls top the Celtics on Opening Night. Wade finishes with 22 points, including four 3-pointers, with six rebounds and five assists.

Nov. 8: Wade opens up to CSN Insider Vincent Goodwill about why he chose to leave the Heat after 13 seasons. Among the reasons, Wade admits "I did my homework because I understand Hassan (Whiteside) was a priority, which he should've been. I understood that they were trying to go out and get KD, because that's something they wanted to do. But I had to look out for myself and put myself in a situation that I wanted to be in, if things didn't work out the way I wanted them to work out, and they didn't."

Nov. 10: Wade returns to Miami as a visitor for the first time. He struggles from the field, shooting just 5-for-17 while scoring 13 points. His teammates pick him up, however, in the 98-95 victory, which proves to be an important win by season's end for tiebreaker purposes.

Nov. 28: Two close losses on the Bulls' last Circus Trip lead Wade to reiterate his disdain for the NBA's Last 2 Minute reports. In both losses, to LA and Denver, the league said the following day that calls went against the Bulls which could have changed the outcome of each game. "I hate them. I hate the two-minute reports. I'll go on record saying it again," Wade says.

Dec. 2: Playing against friend and former teammate LeBron James for the first time in a Bulls uniform, Wade scores 24 points in a 111-105 victory. 

Dec. 15: Wade posts a touching video tribute on his Instagram to Craig Sager, who passes away at age 65 from cancer. In the video, Wade says "Leaving a legacy is leaving a story to tell. Craig has left us with so many stories to tell, so many memories, so many moments. Whether it's people who want to be like him, whether it's people that never met him and just seen him from afar and enjoy his light that shined on him. That's a legacy. That's a legend."

Dec. 25: Though the Bulls were trounced in San Antonio by the Spurs, Wade becomes the fourth player in NBA history to reach 300 career points on Christmas Day. He joins Kobe Bryant (395 points), Oscar Robertson (377) and LeBron James (301).

Jan. 6: Wade addresses Jimmy Butler trade rumors, saying " It's been a rumor every week but nothing has happened. It's a big market, something to talk about. A couple extra hits. It's the way the world works, the world we're in."

Jan. 14: Wade turns back the clock, scoring 17 of his 22 points in the final period to help the Bulls over the Pelicans and end a three-game losing streak. Wade joked after the game that he "emptied the clip tonight" having the next night's game in Memphis off for rest purposes.

Jan. 25: After the Bulls blow a 10-point lead in the closing minutes to the Hawks, Wade and Butler unleash rants on teammates not caring enough. The 14-year veteran says "You don't care enough. It's got to mean that much to you to want to win. And it doesn't. So I don't know. I don't know happened. I don't know how you fix it. It just doesn't mean enough for guys around here to want to win ball games." Wade is benched two days for his comments, coming off the bench and scoring 15 points in a loss to the Heat.

Feb. 7: "Flash" appears in Sacramento, as Wade scores 31 points in a crucial win over the Kings. Playing without Jimmy Butler, Wade shoots 12 of 18 from the field, scores 20 points after halftime and scores the team's final seven points in the final 65 seconds.

Feb. 26: Wade comes as close to a triple-double as humanly possible, missing out on his first since 2011 by a single rebound. The culprit was Cris Felicio, who went after a rebound in the closing seconds as Wade tried to corral his 10th board. Wade joked about his feelings toward Felicio after the game, saying "No hate. Just a strong dislike, though. You know how long it's been since I had a triple double? It's been a long time."

March 16: Wade expresses "fear" over the elbow injury he suffers against the Grizzlies. The following day the Bulls announce Wade had suffered a fracture in his elbow. They also announce that Wade will miss the remainder of the regular season...

April 8: After missing 11 games and recovering quicker than expected, Wade returns to the lineup against the Nets, scoring 14 points in 24 minutes. Two days later he adds 13 points and six rebounds in the Bulls' 47-point win over the Magic, doing all he can do push the Bulls into the postseason.

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A 'woke' Doug Collins returns to provoke thought — and we'll find out who's asleep in Bulls' front office

A 'woke' Doug Collins returns to provoke thought — and we'll find out who's asleep in Bulls' front office

Doug Collins made it clear, that his return to the Bulls organization won’t result in a return to the sidelines as head coach, meaning Fred Hoiberg has nothing to worry about in the way of looking over his shoulder.

What Collins did admit, though, is he’s back with the Bulls to provoke thought. Anyone who’s listened to Collins as a broadcaster for ESPN or Turner Sports, or talked to him in any basketball capacity, knows he’s not only a hoops lifer but also someone who can have strong opinions, capable of quick dissection of a complex picture in a moment’s notice.

“I’m not here to be a decision-maker. I want to provoke thought. My mind is very active,” Collins said Tuesday afternoon at the Advocate Center. “And I think to get into a room and to bounce ideas off each other or whatever, at the end of the day, Gar, Michael, Jerry, Pax will make those decisions. The beauty of it is is that when there’s a level of trust when you’re talking about things, you can speak openly and honestly with people knowing the only thing that matters is that whatever happens is the best for the franchise.”

Announcing Collins as a senior advisor to executive vice president John Paxson adds another voice to the Bulls’ braintrust and is probably an admission this rebuild will require more than what the Bulls already have, be it in terms of connections, observation and even innovation.

Collins’ connection to Paxson and Jerry Reinsdorf, a growing relationship with Michael Reinsdorf and ability to relate with Hoiberg due to the misery of coaching should align a front office to the floor in ways that has been in doubt for the past several seasons.

“Given Jerry's relationship and my relationship with Doug over the years, we thought, hey, let's see if maybe this isn't a good time for Doug to come back into the fold,” Paxson said. “So we approached him and it was very casual, no expectations other than he's been a friend of ours for so long. But the more we kind of dug into the prospects of this and what it means, the more we kept asking ourselves, why wouldn't we do this?”

Collins made it clear he won’t be giving up his family life, as he already has residence in Chicago and his son Chris is coaching Northwestern and a son-in-law coaching a high school team outside Philadelphia.

“The hours and the time commitment that Fred Hoiberg puts in on a day and the energy that he spends and being on the road and being away from his family,” Collins said. “(This) worked perfectly in my schedule when I talked to Pax that I could be a part of something special, the Chicago Bulls, and I love the Chicago Bulls.”

His energy and passion can light up a room, and though he tried his best to say that’s died down at age 66, claiming “I can sit and do a crossword puzzle for three hours now”, people wired like Collins don’t lose their fervor for the game.

“I think there’s this feeling that I’m a guy who’s always on and fired up,” Collins said.

But that fire and passion and presumably a willingness to be uncompromising with the truth should be something that’s welcome inside the Advocate Center. In addition to his acumen, one of Collins’ greatest strengths is his fervor, and it shouldn’t be scaled back.

That’s not how rebuilds work successfully. Lines have to be crossed and people have to be made uncomfortable in their line of thinking, even if it’s Paxson or Hoiberg or general manager Gar Forman.

It’s not hard to see the Bulls following the thinking of the Golden State Warriors when they added Jerry West in an advisory role years ago, resulting in several key moves being made, most notably West’s objection to Klay Thompson being traded to Minnesota for Kevin Love before Love was eventually moved to Cleveland.

West’s guidance played a part in the Warriors’ upward trajectory to championship status, and he hopes to have a similar affect with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Comparing West with Collins on its face is a bit unfair, considering West’s experience as an executive and championship pedigree dating back to his days with the Lakers.

At least with West, he’s not trying to convince anyone he isn’t anything but a tortured basketball soul at age 79. Collins reminded everyone he’s a grandfather of five and at a spry 66, West would call Collins a “spring chicken.”

What Collins can bring is a keen eye for observation, and expecting him to be a passive personality doesn’t quite seem right, especially leaving the cushy job at ESPN that allowed him maximum exposure and a schedule to his liking.

Perhaps the way Collins left the NBA, with a massive gambit in Philadelphia falling flat when Andrew Bynum’s knees rendered him useless and sending the 76ers franchise into “The Process,” left him with a bad taste in his mouth.

Maybe his competitive juices got him going again and the broadcast booth just wasn’t cutting it, along with having a front seat to the injury that changed the course of the Bulls franchise when Derrick Rose tore his ACL in 2012 against Collins’ 76ers.

Maybe the crossword puzzles just couldn’t get it done anymore. After all, the man once cried on the sidelines as his Detroit Pistons beat the Bulls in a regular-season game in 1997. Curbing that passion would be a disservice.

“See how things quickly change? The NBA is cyclical now,” Collins said. “Other than the San Antonio Spurs, over the last 20 years, every elite franchise has gone through this moment. And so now what you got to do, you got to dig yourself back up.

“We got to start doing all the things that are necessary to gain assets day by day, to put all the work, so we’re going to give ourself a chance, when we continue to get better players and more talent, that you’re going to win more basketball games.”

Collins said he has old-school values, all while being caught up with the times that he called himself “woke” as a nod to the current culture.

If he truly is, we’ll also find out who’s asleep in the front office, in desperate need a loud wake-up call.