No one really believed that Dwyane Wade would leave the only franchise he ever knew. D-Wade was the Miami Heat, he was the cornerstone of all three NBA championships the organisation has ever won.
However, the day all Heat fans dreaded has finally arrived as the 34-year-old headed back to his home of Chicago after agreeing to a $48 million two-year deal.
His 13 years in South Beach have drawn to a close, and he spurned a $40m offer over two seasons from the Heat on his way out.
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It had been rumoured that Wade was only offered $10 million a season during the first round of negotiations and the 12-time All-Star took that offer as an insult for the service he had given the organisation.
The Heat clearly prioritised re-signing Hassan Whiteside this summer over the aging Wade. Many might feel that the Heat made a smart decision when they glance across the coast to the L.A. Lakers.
Kobe Bryant spent 20 years with the Purple and Gold and earned $25 million in his final season with the franchise. It was probably three years too long, at least, after his Achilles injury in 2013.
As a result, L.A. have struggled to remain competitive and are now a lottery team. Miami have also lost Luol Deng this summer - ironically to the Lakers - Joe Johnson has hit the bricks and they have concerns over the long-term health of Chris Bosh, so the future is far from certain down south.
Heat president and former coach Pat Riley was too emotional to take a call from Dan La Batard of the Miami Herald, but he did send a text detailing his feelings about Wade's departure.
“SADDDDDDD!!!! SO saddddddd! I will never forget the sixth game in Dallas in 2006. DW rebounded the ball, and threw it to the heavens and the Heat universe was perfect for that moment. Our first world championship. Our universe is not perfect today. It will be fraught with anger, judgment, blame instead of THANK YOU!!! Ten years ago. Ten years older.
"Ten years wiser. Ten years changed. All of us. Dwyane had a choice, and he made it. He went home. Bad, bad summer for us. But there will be another 10 years, and it will be someone or something else in 2026. Move on with no blood or tears. Just thanks.
"I truly loved Dwyane, but families grow, change and get on with another life. He will always be a part of us. ALWAYS! And no more bruises and enough fighting. Let’s just fly above it if we can and never forget. I feel his pain and pride for what pushed him over the ledge. Been there. Forever, for always, your coach I will be. FOREVER!”
It's a sad ending to one of the longest running romances in the NBA. However, Wade has the chance to form a potent backcourt with Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler in the Windy City that is sure to make Chicago competitive.