After 13 years, after 5 NBA Finals appearances, 3 titles and NBA Finals MVP, Dwyane Wade left Miami Heat and signed for Chicago Bulls.
The greatest player in Heat history, he has taken discounts for years. And when he wanted to have a real deal in the next two years, Pat Riley had a different vision about Miami Heat.
Kobe Bryant had two-years, $48.5 million extension without negotiation in 2013. Los Angeles Lakers appreciated what Kobe Bryant did (5 NBA Championships) and they showed him respect. However, they lost 3 NBA seasons, but he gave them a lot more in the last 20 years.
Dwyane Wade’s representatives have told teams that the All-Star is seeking a deal around $50 million over two years, currently leaving the salary cap-strapped Miami Heat short, sources told ESPN.com.
Wade, who was upset with the Heat prioritizing free agents Hassan Whiteside and Kevin Durant, has pushed the Heat to increase their $20 million per season offer, sources said.
Though there have been rumors of Wade having talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers, there is no traction between the parties, sources said.
Miami Heat didn't sign Kevin Durant, and after they lost the battle, they should offer Dwyane Wade $50 million and two years contract, because they have only Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic at that moment. Chris Bosh is still questionable.
Before leaving Miami for the Bulls, Wade went on vacation and spoke with LeBron James and Chris Paul about his predicament.
Wade, via ESPN:
They was in disbelief that I didn’t have any deal that I wanted. Bron always said when we was in Miami, he always said, “D-Wade is going to be like Kobe. He’s going to get that Kobe deal.” So I think their disbelief was, “Why are you even a free agent? You shouldn’t even be.”
I agree with LeBron James, because Dwyane Wade is the 3rd best shooting guard in the NBA history, after Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
They should offer him $50 million, although I know it's all about business, but he is the greatest legend of Miami Heat.
Now, after he signed for Chicago Bulls, Miami signed Dion Waiters, and very unstable roster with only one superstar - Hassan Whiteside.
Chicago Bulls have a very good starting lineup, and if Rajon Rondo doesn't destroy the chemistry, they could become one of the biggest surprises in the forthcoming season.
What do you think about Dwyane Wade and Miami Heat decision? Should they offer him $50 million or Pat Riley made a smart move, once again?
Check Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union: Sunday Conversation interview.
Dwyane Wade talks about talking to Chris Paul and LeBron during free agency. He also gives his reaction to Riley's words after Dwyane chose the Bulls.