Dwyane Wade has committed to inking with the Chicago Bulls, agreeing a two-year deal worth $47 million.
Drafted in 2003 by the Heat, Wade spent 13-years in South Beach, leading the franchise to three NBA titles.
However contractual negotiations had recently hit a curve, with the guard seeing Miami’s two-year $40 million offer as disrespectful when taking into consideration his contribution and loyalty.
In a letter to Miami released by the Associated Press, D. Wade wrote: “This has been an extremely emotional and tough decision to come to.”
“Growing up in Robbins, Ill., I never dreamed that an NBA career could have even been possible and that one day I would wear a Chicago Bulls jersey. Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player,”
“My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Centre. I have never forgotten where I came from, and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fuelled my love of the game.”
Jimmy Butler reportedly phoned Wade in order to convince him to make the move. Both products of Milwaukee’s Marquette University, they will look to form a formidable partnership in a new look Bulls team.
The Milwaukee Bucks were also in the race to sign Wade, but didn’t have enough space to offer the $50 million asking price. $52 Million over two-years was offered by the Denver Nuggets, however Wade made the decision to choose the Bulls and fulfil his lifelong ambition of playing for his hometown team.