The 6 O’Clock News: Dwyane Wade may sit until playoffs; Lawrence Frank unsure of future in Detroit; Malcolm Thomas signs two-year contract with Chicago

Dwyane Wade may sit out until playoffs. 

According to ESPN.com’s Michael Wallace, Dwyane Wade is open to the possibility of sitting out for the remainder of the regular season as he recovers from a right knee injury.Dwyane Wade

“The most important thing is to be healthy,” Wade said Sunday, addressing the media for the first time since he last played March 29. “So when I feel it, then I’ll get back on the court. Obviously, I want to play. But I have to make sure that I’m right. You have to get healthy.”

Wade initially sustained the injury on March 6th when he banged knees with an opponent. Two weeks later, against Boston, Wade aggravated the injury further. He has missed six of the Heat’s past eight games. Erik Spoelstra announced on Saturday that Wade would be listed as day-to-day for the remainder of the regular season.

For Miami, it makes little sense to rush Wade back from injury. With the number one seed in the Eastern Conference secured and with a 3.5 game lead on San Antonio for the best record in the NBA, the Heat can afford to take time to let Wade recover.

Lawrence Frank’s future in Detroit is uncertain.

From the Associated Press: Lawrence Frank acknowledged on Sunday that his days in Detroit may be numbered.

When you have a record like we have, it comes with the territory,” Frank said. “That’s the nature of this business. It’s results oriented.”

Detroit has lost 15 of their past 18 games and has the fifth worst record in the league.

Frank has a combined 50-93 record in his two seasons with the Pistons. While Detroit has a strong core for the future built around Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, they appear to still be several pieces away from becoming legitimate playoff contenders.

Malcolm Thomas signs contract in Chicago. 

Since signing his first 10-day contract with Chicago on March 19th, Malcolm Thomas has impressed in practice and in limited time on the court. Thomas has impressed the Bulls so much that according to Shams Charania of Realgm.com, Chicago has decided to sign him to a contract that can potentially run through the end of next season. 

Thomas, a former San Diego State Aztec, went unselected in the 2011 NBA Draft. He played in five games earlier this season with Golden State.

At 6’9″, Thomas figures to add depth to a depleted Chicago front court. With Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson dealing with injuries, Thomas may see increased playing time in the coming days.

 

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