We all know Dwyane Wade did the unthinkable and left the Miami Heat in the summer and returned to his hometown franchise, the Chicago Bulls.
However, the Bulls were not the only team that was interested in acquiring his services.
After a shootaround on Tuesday ahead of a matchup with the Denver Nuggets, Wade revealed that his opposition that evening very nearly had him signing a two-year, $52 million offer.
“They did an unbelievable job of recruiting me,” said Wade. “The first call I got was from them on July 1. It was a great process and I got to know some great guys along the way.”
However, at that point, the shooting guard didn't know a return to where he grew up was possible.
“(I) chose to go back home, but it definitely was something that I didn’t go into free agency thinking was a possibility.”
Wade managed to grab 22 points against Denver in a 107-110 loss last night, but the 34-year-old insists that he was "sold on" the people within the Nuggets organisation.
“Coach (Malone), someone who I respect from afar, just getting into his mind as a coach and how he thinks,” Wade said. “I really had a great meeting. It went way over time, just talking about basketball. Those guys, I was sold on them, those individuals, great individuals. They made it a lot tougher than people think just from the standpoint of when you get into free agency, it’s all about how comfortable someone can make you feel.
"It’s about the picture they paint for you about the what’s the possibility of how the team can look with you inside of that team. Coach Malone was great. I enjoyed sitting down and talking basketball.”
With Emmanuel Mudiay, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris in the backcourt, signing Wade would have definitely ruffled some feathers, but what a veteran he would have been to add to their young talent.