Some Miami Heat fans are still coming to terms with the strange fact that Dwyane Wade will not be on their roster next season. For the first time in his NBA career, the shooting guard will don another team's uniform as he suits up for the Chicago Bulls.
A lot of the blame has been pinned on Pat Riley and the Heat's front office for their lack of respect in the negotiations with a man responsible for the franchise's three titles. However, it seems the decision was all Wade's.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune quoted the 34-year-old as saying: "I had a contract offer from Miami. It was my decision to be selfish and live out a dream of mine."
That dream was playing for the franchise he idolised growing up in Chicago, and he can hardly be blamed for pursuing it. He gave everything to the Heat and leaves the Sunshine State as a hero, who will eventually see his jersey hang from the rafters of the American Airlines Arena. But a new challenge awaits him.
The Chicago Bulls are embarking on a fresh era without former mainstays Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. They have a new big three of Wade, Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo, who are tasked with taking them back to the playoffs. There is no doubting it is Butler's team, but the two other players have a huge role to play.
Wade has still got a lot of basketball left in him and the fans at the United Center will be in for a treat.