Dwyane Wade is a man that has been around the league a long time and he has just about seen it all.
As a three-time NBA champion and near 15-year veteran, Wade remained loyal to the Miami Heat up until this summer where Pat Riley and the franchise effectively parted ways with him.
Although he does not that much experience playing the market as a free agent - bar this summer - Wade has been in the league long enough to know exactly how it works.
Although he eventually opted to return home to Chicago, Wade explained to Nick Friedell of ESPN the inner workings of free agency.
"The league is different today," Wade said. "The league is all about relationships, player relationships. Obviously, presidents and GMs have their job to do to put teams together, but when it comes to free agency, that's player relationships more than anything.
"It's where an individual wants to go, so you have to feel comfortable with where you're going and who you're going with. And it starts in that process.
"Maybe you have a relationship with a guy, maybe you don't, but it starts in that process when guys are able to reach out to you and you see."