One of the biggest off-season moves in NBA history was the first time that LeBron James would leave Cleveland when he joined up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.
Both LeBron and Wade were free agents in that year, and with a decision on their hands, they chose to create a dynasty with the Heat, four straight NBA Finals appearances and two NBA Championships.
In an interview on the “Knuckleheads” podcast, Wade spoke about his decision to team up with LeBron and the idea of playing somewhere other than Miami. According to Wade, Chicago and New York were two places that the duo thought about playing at. At this time, the Chicago Bulls were a dominant threat in the Eastern Conference with young Derrick Rose entering the league, it also happened to be Wade’s own home city.
In the end, the final decision was for Wade to re-sign with the Miami Heat with LeBron joining the side shortly after. Its one of the craziest and most memorable trade periods of all time, leaving Cleveland fans absolutely distraught with their hope of a championship dashed.
Wade also went on to speak about how he thought he never would have had the chance to play with LeBron but was thrilled that he got the opportunity to.
.@DwyaneWade never thought he would play with LeBron.
Then, they ended up in Miami together.
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) May 1, 2019
The partnership of LeBron and Wade will always be remembered by NBA Fans, especially Miami ones, the two gave the city the best stretch of basketball they had ever seen.