Dwyane Wade is settling into life with the Chicago Bulls after he was unveiled by his new franchise last week, bringing an end to his 13-year relationship with the Miami Heat.
A legend of the organisation, the shooting guard oversaw their most successful period as he led the team to their inaugural championship before teaming up with LeBron James and Chris Bosh to go back-to-back.
Contract disputes were ongoing throughout the summer as the Heat and Wade's valuations failed to match up. He wanted more than they were willing to offer and eventually returned to his home city, signing a two-year, $47 million deal with the team he grew up following.
Nobody expected the 34-year-old to leave Miami, he was supposed to see out his playing days in the Sunshine State. Speaking to the media, Wade explained the disbelief of LeBron James and Chris Paul when he told them about his situation.
"They was in disbelief that I didn’t have any deal that I wanted. Bron always said when we was in Miami, he always said, 'D-Wade is going to be like Kobe. He’s going to get that Kobe deal.' So I think their disbelief was, 'Why are you even a free agent? You shouldn’t even be.'"
In November 2013, Bryant signed a two-year extension with the Lakers at an estimated value of $48.5 million after all of his work for the franchise in the past. However, it led to the position they currently find themselves in, floundering at the bottom of the Western Conference. Miami obviously didn't want to run that risk.