Dwayne Wade is still technically with the Chicago Bulls though contract buyout negotiations have been suggested. If this happens, the all-star guard does have options.

The problem is that those options don’t hold much promise. Wade would have to agree to certain sacrifices, including a decreased role and lower pay. Ironically, these were two factors that the 35-year-old star considered before deciding to move out of South Beach.

Return to Miami possible but..

Wade agreed to join the Chicago Bulls, signing a two-year $47 million contract according to Spotrac.com.

He exercised the player option, meaning he will earn a remaining $23,800,000 for 2017-18.

With regards to a buyout, Wade revealed to David Aldridge of Turner Sports that he and the Bulls have yet to discuss a contract buyout. So where did the potential separation come from?

It seems that critics have pounded on Wade’s dish of wanting to compete for another title. At 35, the "Flash" has limited options. While he did make a good account for himself wearing a Bulls’ uniform, possible landing spots may consider him but with certain constraints.

One team, he could play for is his old ballclub – the Miami Heat. Most know how Wade played his best years with the franchise, but it seems a return may not be as fruitful.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Wade could be considered but under certain conditions. One is that he would be relegated to a backup role and that he agrees to the $4.3 million exception pay.

If he does return to South Beach, Wade may end up getting a worse deal before he left last year. Aside from that, he would play behind the rising stars like Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, and Dion Waiters.

As one can see, a return home doesn’t seem to be feasible at this point.

Other teams in play

The case could be different for other teams. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers could be options. Salary could be better but playing time is in question once again.

For the Cavs, he could get the starting nod but perhaps only for a year.

The same holds true for the Lakers where his experience may be maximized for at least one season.

In the end, Wade may end up playing backup for either team. At his age, it looks like the scenario will be pretty much the same.

Wade may get his wish as a contender but end up playing fewer minutes and pay. Now at the twilight of his career, Wade’s playing years are slowly dwindling. For now, it may be best for him to play out his final year with the Bulls and save transfer plans next season. That is unless the Bulls pull the trigger and try to dispose of him.