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This NBA free agency has been somewhat of a blur. With so many notable players switching teams and chucking deuces to their once beloved franchises, it’s been hard to keep track. From Kevin Durant’s mind-boggling decision to join the Warriors, to the Knicks bolstering their once-pathetic roster, the entire NBA is changing as we know it. Well, one more domino fell during this free agency period, and this one was arguably the biggest one to fall.
Dwyane Wade is heading to the Chicago Bulls.
After spending 13 seasons with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade announced late Wednesday night (July 6) that he would be joining his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls. This comes as somewhat of a surprise considering many reporters believed Wade and the Heat organization would work diligently at having a deal in place. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
Heat talks crumbled.
Acrimony was on both sides of the fence. D-Wade and Miami both had their fair share of frustration for numerous reasons. Wade felt disrespected by the Heat organization simply because, on two separate occasions, he took a pay-cut. First, he took a pay-cut when LeBron James and Chris Bosh came to Miami in 2010. Last year, he took another pay-cut. This time around, Wade was hoping to be a priority, but found himself slipping down the totem pole to the likes of Kevin Durant — who signed with the Warriors — and Hassan Whiteside, who re-signed with the Heat.
The Bulls last-minute attempt was a win.
After watching talks with the Heat crash and burn, Chicago frantically scurried over to Wade’s camp in hopes of luring the perennial All-Star back to his hometown. The Bulls managed to free up cap-space and offer Wade a two-year deal worth $47.5 million. Wade is the second All-Star free agent the Bulls landed this summer after Rajon Rondo.