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Dwyane Wade played in Miami for 13 years. He has passed his prime, but can still carry a team on his back if he needs to. He was a great asset for Miami’s NBA Finals run in 2006, 2012, and 2013. He won MVP in one of his better years in 2006 but, that still wasn’t his best year. In his best year he scored 2,386 points. Although that isn’t exactly close to Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 4,029 points in a single season, it is still an accomplishment for Wade’s career. Wade, LeBron, and Bosh seemed to be the unstoppable Big 3 in the NBA. Once LeBron went home to Cleveland and Bosh had the health scares that he had, Wade didn’t have any big reason to stay in Miami. Despite The Heat making the playoffs this year (2016 Season), the Heat seemed to not be moving forward with the players they drafted. Management for the Heat wanted to make sure they had enough Cap space to sign Bosh to a big contract depending on his medical problems, causing them to give Wade a very low offer. The tough fact is Miami isn’t exactly a NBA Finals bound team anymore. Wade had no real reason to stay in South Beach causing him to look else where.
Chicago has a very good team now. They have decent depth in positions and many super stars. Their front office has done an amazing job building a team that will work together and most likely contented in their division for at least a couple of years. You should look for the Bulls to be a 50 win team and compete with Cleveland and Toronto. Unlike in South Beach, Wade won’t need to be the only leader on the court. He has Butler, Rondo, and the upcoming Denzel Valentine to be leaders and carry the team. Wade’s short-term 2 year contract is perfect for the aging shooting guard. While Wade is probably reaching the end of his career, don’t be surprised if you see a couple of spin move dunks in Chicago. It seems every game you hear the announcer yell “Wow, and there’s some vintage Dwayne Wade for you”.
As a Miami Heat fan, I just want to say thank you for the great 13 years and wish Wade all the luck he can have. I do hope when he retires he signs a 1 day contract with Miami to retire with the same team he started with in 2004.