Dwyane Wade to leave the Miami Heat, join Rajon Rondo in Chicago
As if 2016 NBA free agency hasn't been crazy enough, 12x All-Star Dwyane Wade has decided to end his 13-year relationship with the Miami Heat and join his hometown Chicago Bulls -- a move that some journalists find more surprising than Kevin Durant's decision to go to Golden State:
Assuming this gets done, Dwyane Wade leaving Miami of his own will is more shocking than Durant going to Golden State. And not by a little.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 7, 2016
Wade, who was offered 2 years/$40 million by the Heat, was reportedly looking for a 3rd year on his contract. However, he finally agreed to a 2 year/$47.5 million deal with the Bulls that includes a player option:
The Dwyane Wade two-year, $47.5M deal with Chicago includes a player option, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 7, 2016
While this move is intriguing for many reasons (I am curious to see what Wade says in the coming days about his decision-making process: if the move was strictly about money, if he cites going home to Chicago as a primary reason, or if he felt failed by Miami's brass), as a Celtics fan, I am left wondering how Wade is going to get along with Rajon Rondo, another new addition to Chicago's back court.
We all remember Wade dragging Rondo to the floor in the 2011 NBA playoffs, causing Rondo to dislocate his elbow:
Rondo subsequently deemed Wade a dirty player, and there was a lot of on-court tension between the two in future meetings.
However, Rondo has seemingly put his past scuffles with Wade in the rear view mirror, and according to sources, was active in recruiting Wade to come to Chicago:
Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo have been recruiting Dwyane Wade to Chicago, according to sources close to situation.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 6, 2016
"If we land Wade it's going to be a zoo around here. He'd be coming back home. It's the Bulls. Not too many offers better," - Rajon Rondo.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 7, 2016
I wondered whether we would see a lot of images and videos of Wade's jersey being burned by Heat fans, but then I saw this, and realized the dude makes a pretty good point:
We don't have to worry about Heat fans burning Wade's jersey. They've already become Bulls fans. Or Warriors fans.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) July 7, 2016
Now that Chicago has Dwyane Wade, any chance they might want to send Jimmy Butler our way?
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