Dwyane Wade and LeBron James had a successful partnership in the early 2010s. In four seasons together, with the Heat, they made four straight Finals and won back-to-back NBA Championships in 2012 and 2013.
But did you know the two almost went and joined the Bulls instead? According to Wade, in an appearance on the "Knuckleheads" podcast, the pair almost accepted contracts from Chicago before deciding to stick with Miami.
“Chicago at the time, they had the offer, they had two max contracts, and they had a young DRose before the MVP DRose.. the season before. They had a Luol Deng, they had Noah. They had all these pieces. In the city, in Chicago, one of the biggest markets.”
At the time, the Bulls must have been an intriguing option. They had a young and healthy Rose, defensive star Joakim Noah, and two-way wing Luol Deng. Adding Wade and Bron to the mix would have likely made them instant title favorites.
Alas, it just wasn't in the cards. Miami has a certain pull that Chicago just doesn't, and Pat Riley has always been a rather persuasive guy. Coming out with two titles certainly solidifies the idea that they made the right decision.
Still, it's hard not to wonder what might've happened had Bron and Wade made a different decision that day.