Dwyane Wade left the Miami Heat and signed with the Chicago Bulls.
Wade, who was drafted by the Heat and spent all 13 years of his career with the franchise, won three NBA Championships, a Finals MVP, and became the leading scorer in team history.
Wade was considered “the mayor of South Beach” or “Wade County” as opposed to Dade County, Florida. He was never the highest player on the team despite being a 12 time All Star and a league scoring champ.
“It’s still surreal. I’m still numb,” said Wade in an interview with Kelly Ripa. “I’ve been in Miami for 13 incredible years. You get a week to decide what you’re going to do. And I didn’t get [any] sleep. I lost probably 5 to 10 pounds, just not being able to sleep. I sweated. It’s so stressful.”
He now joins his hometown Chicago Bulls on a reported two year $47 million contract. He was reportedly offered a two year $40 million deal.
“Compensation to a player is not just a way to get paid and to live your life,” said Heat GM, Pat Riley. “Compensation to a player is about recognition and respect and place.”
Wade seemed excited about the team change.
“I’m excited to go back to the place I’ve always envisioned playing basketball,” said Wade. “Being a kid growing up, Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls was the team for us. I’ve always envisioned myself like being in the backyard, always had a Bulls jersey on, always envisioned ‘Dwyane Wade’ name being called in the United Center, and I get the opportunity to live that dream out.”