Dwayne Wade recently opened up on his decision to move to the Chicago Bulls in 2016. The legendary point guard said that if he could do it again, he would have different conversations around the move, though the Heat fans should be happy because it means that Jimmy Butler is in Miami. The two played together for one season in Chicago before Butler was traded to the Timberwolves. Eventually, Butler was moved to Miami Heat in 2019 after being traded by the Philadelphia 76ers. He has established himself as a leader and instrumental part of the Miami team that made the NBA finals last year.
Dwayne Wade decided to leave Miami in 2016 after disagreements with the team over the contract he was being offered. The Heat offered Wade a two-year deal worth $20 million, which was unacceptable for the player. Despite upping it to a two-year, $40 million contract, Wade and his camp were offended at the lowballing offers. This led the legendary player to sign with the Chicago Bulls for a contract worth $47 million over two years, leaving the Heat, who he represented for 13 years. Eventually Wade would make it back to the team with which he won three NBA titles after stints with the Bulls and the Cavaliers, before retiring with the Heat in 2019.
Speaking about the trade, he said, “I wish I could get back that summer of 2016. Not to come back, but to have different conversations. You know that we probably will all have a different conversation at that time, but we didn’t, and everything went the way it went. And everybody should be thankful for that because Jimmy Butler is in Miami.”
Wade hits back at Paul Pierce over argument on who had a better career
Paul Pierce recently brought back an old feud with Dwayne Wade when he compared his career to Wade, who is being inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame.
Pierce said, “For a long time, my skills went unappreciated because I didn't get to play with a lot of great players. And then I got to play with [Kevin Garnett] and Ray [Allen] past their prime. Four years earlier, you put me, Ray, and KG together, you think we ain't walking away with three 'ships?”
Wade sternly responded by saying, “Rent is expensive and I’m living rent free…it’s documented, I don’t need to say anything…I went and got my Avengers.”