Dwyane Wade was initially thought to be out for the season with an elbow injury. Instead, he may return for the Chicago Bulls very soon.
The future Hall of Famer could reportedly make his return to the court this weekend, when the Bulls travel to Brooklyn on Saturday to play the Nets.
CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill was the first to report the Wade news.
Sources: Dwyane Wade plans to return from right elbow injury Saturday vs Brooklyn Nets. Story to come on @CSNChicago
— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) April 5, 2017
The timing on Wade’s return is extremely interesting. The Bulls are 6-4 since he went down, and are coming off of a four-game winning streak that was snapped by the New York Knicks on Tuesday. Part of that hot stretch is predicated on much-improved play by enigmatic point guard Rajon Rondo, who has seen an increase across the board in his numbers without Wade in the lineup.
The Bulls currently cling to one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, tied at 38-40 with the Indiana Pacers for the seventh and eighth seeds, and just half a game ahead of the Miami Heat. The team didn’t exactly set the league on fire with Wade playing, but it is hard to see them making the playoffs and leaving the guard shut down.
Chicago has a very favorable late-season schedule, with two games against Brooklyn, one against Philadelphia, and one against Orlando, the three worst teams in the conference.
Wade is averaging 18.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game through 57 appearances for the Bulls this season.