The Cleveland Cavaliers recently signed star guard Dwyane Wade after the three-time NBA champion was bought out of his contract by the Chicago Bulls.
Now, Wade will team up with LeBron James once again, a player he won two titles with as a member of the Miami Heat.
Whether or not the Cavs can win their second title in three years now that Wade is on board remains to be seen, but he's already making plans for the future regardless of what happens this year.
According to the Associated Press, Wade has said he plans to retire as a member of the Miami Heat, whether he actually plays a season there or just signs a one-day contract:
“Miami, the door’s always unlocked,” Wade told AP. “One day I want to retire in a Miami Heat jersey. I don’t know how that will happen, but I definitely want to make sure than when I decide to hang it up, that jersey is on. Whether it’s being back there or signing a one-day deal like Paul Pierce, I want to make sure that I go out the way I came in.”
Obviously, for a player that has meant so much to the franchise, the Heat will almost certainly oblige Wade.
As for the decision to play for the Cavs this year, Wade said he consulted his family and received their blessing:
“When it comes down to big decisions like this, there’s two people I listen to: Her name is Gabrielle Union Wade and his name is Zaire Wade,” Dwyane Wade said, referring to his wife and oldest son. “I listen to Zaire and my wife and try to see what they feel and what they want. Zaire told me just like this: `Dad, I would love to have you here and be around more. But I want you to go get your fourth ring.'”
Getting that fourth ring will be no easy task, as the Boston Celtics loom large in the Eastern Conference and the reigning champion Golden State Warriors may be unstoppable in the Western Conference.
Though Wade wants to make it back to Miami before his career is over, he said that he realizes his old team didn't need him this season:
“Honestly, I didn’t feel they needed me there,” Wade said. “I feel that those guys are in a good place. They deserve to come back this year and see what that 30-11 was about. They don’t need me there over their shoulder or anything like that. That’s kind of how I approached it.”
However, the Cavaliers are certainly happy to have him on board, and it will be interesting to see how he fits in alongside LeBron and the other Cleveland stars this year.