After 13 seasons and three NBA championships, Dwayne Wade has decided to leave the Heat and join the Chicago Bulls in a deal reportedly worth 47 Million for 2 years.
In letter released to The Associated Press, Wade says Wednesday: "This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice."
The Bulls are on the verge of offloading the contracts of Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy to have enough money to sign Wade in free agency, league sources told the Chicago Tribune.
The Heat and Wade had been in contract negotiations, but the two parties couldn't come to terms. Wade wanted 50 million for 2 years, but the heat only offered him 40 Million.
Listening to Wade and Heat president Pat Riley after the season, one was inclined to believe they would reach another deal and continue the longstanding partnership.
“I don’t want to be on the market at all,” Wade told reporters.
And Riley said, “Compensation to a player is not just a way to get paid and to live your life. Compensation to a player is about recognition and respect and place. We know where he belongs … He’s a lifer. What he’s done in this city over the last 13 years is irreplaceable, and so we’re going to do the right thing.”