Friday, January 28, 2022

Dwyane Wade Leaves Miami; Heads Home to Chicago

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat watches on against the Charlotte Hornets during game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

*If you haven’t heard, Dwyane Wade has decided to book up outta Miami and take his talents to his hometown of Chicago and play for the Bulls. And we thought he might head to Cleveland and hook up with his boy, LeBron James, but we was wrong!

“This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice,” Wade said in a letter released to The Associated Press:

Dear Miami,

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 (hash)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,

D. Wade

As far as the arrangement with Chicago is concerned, Wade has agreed to a two-year deal worth $47 million, according to the AP. The Miami Heat, Wade’s team for his entire 13-year career, had a two-year, $40 million offer on the table for him.

“He’s home,” one source close to Wade said of the Chicago native.

Acrimony had been building between Wade and the Heat over the past week. Wade met with Heat owner Micky Arison in New York on Monday, but obviously he didn’t get what he wanted.

“Miami dared a very proud man to go home, and that man’s best friend [LeBron James] just won a title by going home,” a source close to the process told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

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