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Dwyane Wade Joins LeBron James - In Going Home

18 July 2016

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) cheers on the fans before tip off against the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena. Or at least were.

With Dwyane Wade spurning the Miami Heat and returning home to play for the Chicago Bulls, you would think he would receive a hero's welcome from everyone in Chicago. I look back with pride and amazement at all we have accomplished together. With Wade staying in the Eastern Conference on thing is for certain: the Heat and Bulls match ups will be highly entertaining.

Although Wade is leaving, his connection with Miami and South Florida is one he likens to family. And Chicago Bulls quickly took the opportunity and traded their players to make way for Wade, ESPN reports.

"I was born and raised in Chicago", Wade said on the ABC morning show "Live!" We know where he belongs ... Next year's Bulls team projects to have an average age of 25.9 years of age, which means the Bulls have succeeded in getting nearly a year and a half younger, but the two big free agent signings in Wade and Rondo are now the Bulls oldest and third oldest players respectively.

Why the acrimony now? To answer that question, here's a breakdown of Wade's contract history with the Heat.

From Wade's perspective, it's easy to see why he's jilted.

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade agreed Wednesday agreed to two-year $47 million contract with the Chicago Bulls. But that never materialized, and he began considering playing elsewhere. Wade, sources told ESPN, continues to draw interest from the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks.

2016: Wade, who became an unrestricted free agent this summer, was looking for the Heat to prioritize his free agency. Wade remains close with LeBron James; he even attended Game 7 of the Cavs-Warriors series last month.

Durant said his meeting with the Warriors' brass last Friday in the Hamptons - a contingent that also included the Splash Brothers of MVP Stephen Curry and All-Star Klay Thompson - had a "great vibe throughout the whole day". And when factoring in tax ramifications, that offer wasn't too far off from what the Bulls will pay Wade in the next two seasons. Maybe. But are they enticing you to watch them this upcoming season, for better or for worse? Nevertheless, Wade thought it was time to move on from the team he helped win three National Basketball Association titles.