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Dwyane Wade fractures elbow to end season

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Wade’s post Miami Heat tenure ends on a down note this season for him and the Bulls.

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls announced will shut Dwyane Wade down for the remainder of the regular season with a fractured elbow., with a slight possibility of returning for post-season action.

This unexpected development severely hampers the Chicago Bulls remaining in the playoff chase against the Miami Heat. Their contests against the other contenders for an Eastern Conference playoff berth, namely the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors now rest solely on how far Jimmy Butler and company can handle the added responsibility.

The Los Angeles Lakers have shut down Timofey Mosgov and Luol Deng for their remaining games to give the young players more minutes on the court. The Phoenix Suns have taken Eric Bledsoe out for the season, giving Miami a break in their upcoming game on March 21,2017.

The trend now is becoming clear about teams packing it in for the lottery. Franchises following that path will affect the finals number of wins for the Heat and its rivals at the end of the season. To put it mildly every game at this stage is meaningful until April 12, 2017.

Wade’s contract next year with the Bulls calls for a player option, which he’ll probably exercise if money were the only consideration. The latest injury severely limits Wade’s negotiating stance to get another lucrative offer from other teams, such as the Heat, as a free agent.

Dwyane’s years with the Heat can never be taken away in any case and will remain part of the team’s legacy forever. Whatever happened before isn’t a matter of right or wrong after all is said and done.

On how events eventually play out Goran Dragic may have some inside information.

“You want him to play well. He’s really a guy who did unbelievable things in this league and he’s going to be a Hall of Famer. His jersey is going to get retired and of course you want to see him doing well. You never know, hopefully he comes back and retires here.”