Dwyane Wade insisted there is no rift between the former Miami Heat superstar and Pat Riley in an introductory press conference held by his new team 23 days after committing to the Chicago Bulls in a dramatic end to his 14 seasons in Miami.
The opportunity to play for his hometown team was a unique opportunity he couldn't pass up and it wasn't a money decision, Wade insisted Friday at the Bulls practice facility.
"Let's clear up the notion that Pat Riley orchestrated me getting out of Miami because he didn't offer the money I wanted," Wade said. "This was not a money deal for me. If it was a money deal, I would have taken the most money that was offered for me."
Here are some of the more interesting Wade quotes about his negotiations with the Heat and his relationship with Riley:
Wade on Riley: "He didn't call or email or text or nothing like that to try to sway me or try to get me back."— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 29, 2016
Wade on Riley: "I dealt with Micky Arison, my contracts the last two years. He didn’t sit at the table. He didn’t call or email or text."— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) July 29, 2016
Wade on Riley and why he left: "It wasn't because he didn't reach out to me. How petty is that? Ultimately I wanted to be here. "— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 29, 2016
Wade, "I wasn't looking for Pat to reach out to me." He said he sat at the table, "with the guys who pay the bills."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 29, 2016
Wade on leaving Heat."I have a lot of history there. I just built a house there... so it's a lot of things that made the decision not easy."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 29, 2016
Wade on the move to the Bulls, "It was my decision to be selfish and to live out a dream of mine."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 29, 2016
Wade on Riley, "I have nothing but respect for what he has done in this game."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 29, 2016
Wade said this was not a money-driven decision and that his "heart was telling me" to go back home to Chicago.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 29, 2016
Wade, on reaction from fellow NBA players, " No one expected this to happen. No one."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 29, 2016
So um, yeah, this looks just so weird....