And the Heat began dealing with the aftermath of him leaving Miami and deciding to sign with his hometown Chicago Bulls.
Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat walks off the court following Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Raptors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Center on May 15, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
"I look back with pride and amazement at all we have accomplished together". He also made clear that he's long dreamed of hearing his name called out and cheered in Chicago, the city where he grew up. It'll still be Wade County for me, know what I mean?
On the scheduled appearance, Wade took a moment to talk about the fans that have cheered for him for his entire career, and about the process of this decision. I, and the National Basketball Association fan base are stunned at this turn of events, because I don't think anyone ever envisioned Wade playing in any uniform outside of a Miami Heat uniform, but this is now reality, and we maybe should have seen this reality coming.
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The 12-time All-Star now joins Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler to form a rather interesting trio in Chicago. After years of financial sacrifice to accommodate roster building and championship runs, Wade wanted to get paid, and the Heat wanted to protect salary cap flexibility. "Egos go out the window and we all have one common goal".
DWYANE Wade danced onto the stage holding TV host Kelly Ripa's hand yesterday morning, settled into his chair and smiled broadly as the studio audience roared with cheers and applause. The team did not disclose terms of the contract, but the four-time All-Star has previously told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears that he agreed to a two-year contract worth nearly $28 million.
"I started my National Basketball Association 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 National Basketball Association championships", Wade wrote.
In the end, this move smacks of desperation for a Bulls front office that knows it has to sell hope because hope is all they have. 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. "We even have Heat fans in NY because I heard cheers a year ago [on the show]".