Justise Winslow still not 'over' Dwyane Wade's free agency decision

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In any average offseason, Dwyane Wade's decision to switch the Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls would be blockbuster news. However, this isn't your average free agency period.

Kevin Durant's move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors is dominating the column inches and Wade's change stands as the second biggest deal of the summer.

The shooting guard - arguably the third best in NBA history behind Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant - was Miami. His 13-year spell with the Heat saw Wade bring the franchise its first championship, alongside Shaquille O'Neal, before being continually paid less than he was worth to allow the birth of a 'big three' and two more rings alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

A small minority of 'Heat' fans have resorted to the petty acts of burning his jersey or attacking him on social media, however, for the vast majority, it is a sense of 'thank you very much' - with a hint of disappointment - for a man who gave his all to the organisation.

The disappointment stems from the fact nobody really expected D-Wade to depart the Sunshine State, and he was looked upon as the last career star after Tim Duncan with the San Antonio Spurs.

It is not just fans who are gutted, his former teammates will also have to acclimatise to a dressing room devoid of its biggest star from the last decade and more.

Sophomore forward Justise Winslow admitted it would be a big loss to the organisation and said: "I still don't think I'm over it.

"It's just one of those things where, it's not even so much about me stepping up or me taking on a bigger role or losing Dwyane, it's just the fact that it's not too often you get one of the greatest of all time on your team and I'm sure guys in L.A. feel the same about Kobe [Bryant].

"Different guys changing teams, guys in Oklahoma City, it's not too often you play with one of the greats. I just think that's one of the parts that kind of shook me the most. Losing that mentor, that friend, but I think I'll get over it soon."

The Miami Heat roster will look incredibly different next season. Not only is their former captain moving to his hometown franchise, the Chicago Bulls, but Luol Deng has gone to the L.A. Lakers and Joe Johnson the Utah Jazz.

They managed to retain Hassan Whiteside, but the front office has much work to do trade-wise if they are going to provide Erik Spoelstra with a team capable of reaching the playoffs once again.

For Wade and Chicago, they now have something that resembles a big three, but whether they can make it work, only time will tell.

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