Dwyane Wade's return to Miami is getting closer. The former 'Heat Lifer' has already played in Florida - helping the Bulls to a win over Orlando - and will go back to his former stomping ground in two days.
Nobody ever thought he would leave, that includes the shooting guard, but as things transpired over the summer, he was forced out of the franchise, and Wade admitted it was just business.
Speaking to CSNChicago.com, the Chicago native said: “I thought it was an opportunity I would be there forever, but s--t happens. And when s--t happens, you gotta be prepared to (move on). I found out very quickly that this is a business.”
After sacrificing a lot of money in the best interests of the Heat and then being shunted, you wouldn't be surprised if there was animosity between the perennial All-Star and the powers that be in Miami. However, the 34-year-old insists there are no hard feelings.
“I've kept in touch from everybody there besides Pat. From the owners on down,” Wade said. “It's nothing but respect, and I have no hard feelings. I understand what Pat is, he's a competitor. I've been knowing him for 13 years so I expect no different.
“People might not believe me, but I have no hard feelings toward Pat. Everything happened the way it was supposed to happen, everything happens for a reason, so I'm fine.”
Wade went on to state it was a breakdown in communication that finally led to his departure, adding: “That's it. When you get respect, that's what you get back. I've given nothing but respect. I feel like a lot of things in this world and this league are mishandled from the notion of communication. That's it.
“At the end of the day, I talked to those guys and I told them, 'It's free agency. I understand y'all have a job to do, and I have a job to do as well.' I let it be known I was going to be a free agent and I wasn't waiting by the phone for them to call me.”