Behind Kevin Durant going to the Golden State Warriors, Dwyane Wade leaving the Miami Heat was one of the biggest shocks of NBA free agency.
Everyone just assumed that Wade, the greatest player in the history of the Heat, would end his career in the place that affectionately became to known as 'Wade County.'
However, with some reported lowball offers from Pat Riley, Wade decided to take his talents to his hometown Chicago to play for the Bulls. For the first time since the move, the shooting guard has given his perspective on why he moved.
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Speaking in an interview with Cari Champion of ESPN, via Sun-Sentinel.com, Wade revealed that his happiness was one of his main motivators in making the move.
"I had to focus on my happiness, and I didn't feel that my happiness was going to be returning," he said.
"I thought my time was up. And it's like, 'Oh, but I can't see you in another jersey. You're supposed to be one player to always want to wear one jersey.' I wanted to be that. I did."
"My time, the clock ticked out on me. And whether they felt it, whether they wanted to do it, I did. And I respectfully walk away saying I tip my hat to their organization and to the city for embracing me and giving me the platform to be great. And I did that. I was great. It will always be there. But I've got more things to do."
After 13 seasons in Miami, Wade has moved on. It will take time to adjust to the change, for all of us, not just Wade and the Heat.
The two-year, $47million contract will probably help Wade, though.