Pat Riley left the door open for Dwyane Wade's eventual return to Miami via this article in the Miami Herald, "Forever, for always, your coach I will be. FOREVER!"
The salaries for this NBA season are in a holding pattern until players and teams decide on whether to keep the current CBA or replace with a new one in 2017. At that time a new CBA may give the Miami Heat a chance to make Wade whole for everything he gave to his adopted home if he opts out of his Bulls contract.
Currently the Heat are held hostage in signing free agents due to the lack of clarity from the $75+ million salary owed Chris Bosh over the next three seasons. With his situation resolved and a possible new CBA, Wade may be able to end his basketball career in a Miami Heat uniform, after a year or two in a Bulls uniform
In 2017 and 2018 Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, and company will be in their prime. Wade could then close out his storied career, before entering the Hall of Fame as one of the top-ten shooting guards in NBA history.
Talk of Wade's days in South Florida as finished may be premature once the raw emotions of the moment settle down.
As Riley wrote, "Our universe is not perfect today. It will be fraught with anger, judgment, blame instead of THANK YOU!!!"
Instead of sadness, Heat fans could be planning to welcome Dwyane once again to Wade County after his brief stay in Chicago. Depending on a person's perspective, this may not be the end of an era, but an interruption.