Dwyane Wade's departure from Miami this summer was a lot messier than many would have liked.
As a 13-year veteran and frankly, a legend of the franchise, many felt the shooting guard deserved better than to be low-balled out of South Beach.
After bringing them three titles, Wade decided to go home and sign for the Chicago Bulls and last night, his new team travelled to Miami to face his old team.
Before the game, though, Heat general manager Pat Riley revealed that he indeed had reached out to Wade via email, though the contents of the message remain a mystery.
"I hope he got it,'' Riley said before the Heat's 98-95 win over the Chicago Bulls, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "You know those guys changing phone numbers and e-mails ..."
Wade said that although he had received the email, he would not be reading it until after the game.
"I haven't spoken to him since I got in the building," Wade said before the game. "I did look at my emails today. I got emails from him. I haven't had time to read them yet. I'll take time on the plane somewhere to read them. But I'll focus on basketball tonight. There's nothing to squash [with Riley] in my eyes. I've spoken through you guys, and he's heard me very loud and clear.
"I'm just appreciative of Pat and what he helped me - what we created together here in Miami. I have nothing to squash. I'm looking to focus on the game and getting my team prepared to come out here tonight and try to play against a team that's ready to go. Ready to get after us. And we got to be prepared."
Wade would register 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists on his return to the American Airlines Arena as the Bulls ran out 98-95 winners.