In yet another crazy NBA twist of fate, Dwyane Wade has found himself a new basketball home in his home state. Wade has left the Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls on a two-year $47 million deal. The Miami Heat tried to reach a compromise with Wade for less money, like they have done many times in the past, and it didn't work out in their favor this time. Wade has never been the highest paid player on his team in any season he has played since he was drafted by the Miami Heat. He has always put his ego to the side in order to help his team spend money elsewhere in order to build championship caliber teams, but Wade was ready to get paid and the Heat had other plans. They gave Hassan Whiteside a huge payday which made him the highest paid player on the team, and when Wade asked for more money they simply didn't have the funds to do it. Wade got paid, while being able to achieve a childhood dream; playing for the Chicago Bulls.
He was born and raised in Chicago, which is notoriously known for its gang violence and drugs. He has stated that growing up in Chicago was very difficult and that he had seen dead bodies in trash cans multiple times. So I can only imagine that having to play basketball was not as difficult as just trying to get by in the streets he grew up in. The day he announced he was signing with Chicago, he was on the Kelly Ripa show and he said "I always envisioned myself, being in the backyard with my Bulls jersey on, I always envisioned 'Dwyane Wade' name called in the United Center." So for him to be in a position in life where he can turn down a $40 million contract for a $47 million contract to go to his favorite childhood team is truly unbelievable.
Not only is this decision a good one for him financially, but it also is a great chance for him to make a title run once again in the next two years. The Bulls have drafted extremely well in the last few years, adding Denzel Valentine, Doug McDermott, and All-Star/All-Defensive Jimmy Butler. They traded away Derrick Rose and let Joakim Noah and Mike Dunleavy to walk, which freed up space to add three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade and NBA champion Rajon Rondo. The Bulls have done a fantastic job by adding two veterans with tons of winning experience to be leaders to these young guys. This will give the Bulls a mix of youth and winning experience that will be unmatched against most teams they face. So hopefully we will see the Bulls in the playoffs once again, and maybe we'll finally get that Lebron vs. Wade playoff series we've been dying to see. Maybe Wade will finish his career in Miami, and have his jersey hung up in the rafters, but until then lets just enjoy the Way of Wade ball out in another black & red uniform.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.