After 13 years, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat decided to part ways in the recent NBA free agency. Everyone seem to have moved on from the saddening breakup but not Udonis Haslem.
Dwyane Wade was angered by the Miami Heat’s decision to give him an initial offer of $10 million per season. The Heat admitted that Hassan Whiteside was their main priority and needed Wade to take paycut in order to sign Kevin Durant.
However, things did not go as planned. Kevin Durant chose to sign with the Golden State Warriors while Dwyane Wade grabbed the $47 million offer by the Chicago Bulls. The Heat ended empty handed and chose to re-sign their own free agents.
Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem have been together for years. Both of them agreed to take paycuts in order facilitate the arrival of ‘Big Three’ in Miami. Haslem does not support Wade’s departure but said that he understands his pal’s decision.
“I wanted him to come back, but I just know, personally, there were a lot of things he was feeling that, I guess, maybe just came to a head at this particular time,” Haslem said during a conference call Tuesday to announce his one-year deal to return to Miami. “For whatever reason, we — the organization — and him, couldn’t get to an agreement.”
Since Dwyane Wade is not yet officially signing with the Chicago Bulls, Udonis Haslem thinks of a crazy tactic he remembered in last year’s free agency. Recalling in the 2015 NBA free agency, DeAndre Jordan agreed to sign a maximum contract with the Dallas Mavericks. However, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin found a way to make him stay with the Clippers.
“In hindsight, I don’t know, I think I should have come in and pulled a Chris Paul and handcuffed him like they did DeAndre Jordan and made him change his mind,” Haslem said. “I don’t know if there was anything I could have done or should have done. But I felt like it could have been avoided. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t.”
There could be a lesser chance that Haslem will do the move. However, anything is possible until Dwyane Wade officially signs a contract with the Chicago Bulls.
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