D. Wade is going home!
The rumors that had been swirling over the past week were that Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat were butting heads when it came to what Dwayne thought he was worth and what the Heat felt he was worth.
Wade had been linked to the Cavaliers, Nuggets, and Bucks, among others over the past week that were competing for his services. This was thought to be something that would push the Heat to get a deal done.
Wade, going into his 14th NBA season, all with the Miami Heat, had given you the feeling that he would be Miami Heat lifer. A throwback if you will, to back in the day when players stayed with one team for their whole career. But, it was not meant to be.
As Wade’s career winds down it seems as thought he was looking to get paid for his years of service to the team. Wade brought Miami three championships, three more than they won before he got there. He is the Heat’s all time leader in almost every statistical category, and was the leader and the glue to Heat for years with no complaints, through the good and bad…but as is always the case it came down to business, it’s never personal.
Wade has agreed to sign a two year, $47.5 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, who are going through a rebuilding process. They recently parted ways with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose and workhorse center Joakim Noah, both of whom are now with the New York Knicks. Wade will be paired with new Chicago Bull Rajon Rondo and face of the franchise Jimmy Butler. Not a bad big 3. The Bulls have some good young players as well and should be competitive in Eastern Conference.
Wade, who is an Illinois native fell in love with basketball watching the Bulls as a kid. After a hall of fame career, being able to go home and play for the franchise you grew up on, and finish you career must be a great feeling.
Wade penned a letter to Miami that he shared via the Associated Press…
This has been an extremely emotional and tough decision to come to. After 13 years, I have decided to embark on a new journey with the Chicago Bulls. This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice for myself and my family.
I started my NBA career with the Miami Heat in 2003 and it has been an honor to have played with them and help build a winning franchise with three NBA championships. I look back with pride and amazement at all we have accomplished together. I want to express my gratitude to the Arison family, Pat Riley, Coach Erik Spoelstra, the coaching staff, and the entire Miami Heat organization.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Miami community and especially #HEATNATION for all of their love and support over the years. It has been truly incredible. I am deeply moved and appreciative of the positive messages from my fans expressing that they want what’s best for me and I know they will support my decision. The memories including championship parades and five conference titles are incredible moments we have shared that will always remain close to my heart as I begin the next chapter of my life.
Growing up in Robbins, Ill., I never dreamed that an NBA career could have even been possible and that one day I would wear a Chicago Bulls jersey. Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player. My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Center. I have never forgotten where I came from and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game. Many of my family members still live in Chicago and I am excited to return home to a city very close to my heart.
I look forward to returning to my roots and to what lies ahead.
Much Love and Respect,
Miami Heat owner Mickey Arison took to Twitter to wish Wade well…
Thank you @DwyaneWade for a great 13 yrs! You’ve had a tremendous impact on our community and our organization. We wish you all the best.
— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) July 7, 2016