Dwayne Wade appeared to be one of the few remaining players, such as Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant, who played their entire career in the NBA with just one team.
Wade started his career with the Miami Heat won NBA titles with the Miami Heat and appeared as if he would end his career there as well.
However, following 13 seasons with the club, including 3 that ended as NBA Champions, Wade decided it was time to leave and join another NBA team.
He will sign a two-year deal worth $47.5 million with the Chicago Bulls reported a person who has direct knowledge that the deal has been agreed to.
This decision is one that stuns many basketball pundits considering the connection Wade has had with the fans of the Miami Heat, the city and all of South Florida.
To open space under the salary cap so Wade could sign, Chicago is planning to send Jose Calderon a guard, to the Lakers and Mike Dunleavy to the Cavaliers, said one person close to the situation.
Wade will become a part of a Bulls club that has Rajon Rondo, Robin Lopez, Jimmy Butler, Doug McDermott, Bobby Portis, Nikola Mirotic and Denzel Valentine, the team’s first round pick in the 2016 draft.
Wade and Miami had gone through negotiations prior to this season and always were able reach an agreement where both parties were happy. This offseason, that was not to be.
Pat Riley the Heat president said during the negotiations with Heat that the club knew what Wade has done not only for them but also for the community and the city.
He said it was all about respect and recognition that Wade was a lifer and the Heat would do the right thing.
However, following those comments by Riley, the relationship between the team and Wade began to deteriorate.
Wade was upset that he has sacrificed financially to help build the team roster for runs at the championship and now wanted to be paid and Miami wanted to keep its flexibility related to the salary cap.
Wade is from Chicago where he was born and raised in the suburbs. Prior to agreeing with the Bulls, Wade met with both the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks.
Wade’s numbers at Miami speak for themselves. He leads the franchise in all time points, assists, steals, games, field goals, free throws and minutes played.