A reunion of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers was possible, Wade admitted in a recent interview. Wade chose the hometown Chicago Bulls where he signed a two-year contract. This confirms the NBA rumors during the summer that Wade and James talked about playing together again after they teamed up with the Heat in previous seasons.
“For me, it’s as simple as, I got a deal in Miami for $41 million, I got a deal in Chicago for $47 million. It didn’t come down to the money. I thought about Cleveland, but I didn’t fit there,” Wade told Slam Online.
Wade leaving Miami was one of the major storylines this 2016 offseason. The former franchise player for Miami, who was supposed to be a “Heat-Lifer” left the team that drafted him which he won three NBA titles with.
“You don’t just do something because, Oh, I could win the ring there. I have three rings. I don’t need to chase the ring. This is what I wanted to do. I couldn’t fight it. If you fight it, you’re gonna always be like, You shoulda, or, What could’ve—I don’t like to live my life like that,” Wade added in the article.
There were NBA rumors during the summer that Wade was considering the Cavaliers. But Cleveland did not have the salary cap space like the Bulls had and couldn’t offer a salary like Chicago did. The Cavs were busy signing their own free agents and even have not re-signed starting shooting guard J.R. Smith yet because of contract disputes.
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Wade joining Chicago was a surprising move last summer and there are NBA rumors that Wade is not in good terms with former boss Pat Riley in Miami. The LeBron-Wade reunion did not happen in Cleveland but Wade has a chance to make the playoffs with Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and Robin Lopez in Chicago.
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