Dwyane Wade Going Home To Play With Chicago Bulls

The man behind the name Miami-Wade County is bidding adieu to the Magic City and heading up north.

All-Star, NBA champ, and former Miami Heat team captain, Dwyane Wade signed with the Chicago Bulls during his free agency period and will be playing in the Windy City for the next two years.

It was a big blow for fans all across South Florida who admired and found hope in Wade’s playing and leadership. The prominent Miami figure said, “this was not an easy decision,” but felt he made the right choice.

Wade spent 13 years as the face of the Heat franchise and this ending was very unexpected. After some issues on the business side, where the Flash felt he wasn’t getting the money he deserved, Wade decided to move on. He agreed to a two-year $47 million contract with the Bulls. Pat Riley and the Heat had a two-year, $40 million contract on the table.

Wade is a Chicago native, growing up in a town overrun by basketball glory during Michael Jordan’s years. “Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player,” Wade wrote in a letter to the Associated Press on Wednesday. “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.”

The former team captain acknowledged this decision was one of the most difficult ones he’s had to make. On Thursday, Wade expressed his anxiety on ‘Live With Kelly,’ saying he couldn’t sleep or eat while making his decision to leave Miami.

Wade sent his thanks to Miami fans via Twitter:

Miami Heat President Pat Riley sent a text message to Dan LeBatard upon hearing the news of Wade leaving the Heat:

“SADDDDDDD!!!! SO saddddddd! I will never forget the sixth game in Dallas in 2006. DW rebounded the ball, and threw it to the heavens and the Heat universe was perfect for that moment. Our first world championship. Our universe is not perfect today. It will be fraught with anger, judgment, blame instead of THANK YOU!!! Ten years ago. Ten years older. Ten years wiser. Ten years changed. All of us. Dwyane had a choice, and he made it. He went home. Bad, bad summer for us. But there will be another 10 years, and it will be someone or something else in 2026. Move on with no blood or tears. Just thanks. I truly loved Dwyane, but families grow, change and get on with another life. He will always be a part of us. ALWAYS! And no more bruises and enough fighting. Let’s just fly above it if we can and never forget. I feel his pain and pride for what pushed him over the ledge. Been there. Forever, for always, your coach I will be. FOREVER!”

As this new chapter unfolds, Wade wants to make sure Bulls fans won’t count him out:

Chicago will be gaining a future Hall of Famer while Miami will have to recoup and rebuild without the Wade legacy. But there is no doubt that when that infamous #3 enters the American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami – no matter what jersey he’s wearing – he will be welcomed with open arms, open hearts, and a roaring standing ovation.

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