Dwyane Wade is a Cleveland Cavalier. After being bought out of his contract with the Bulls he elected to join LeBron James and go after his fourth ring. Many analysts agreed that this was Wade’s best option. He’d start, have a starring role and maybe even return to the promised land. Even so, there was still a glimmer of hope that Wade would return to South Florida and finish up where it all began. Wade admitted that he really did consider a return to Miami telling the Associated Press:
“I really looked at their team and where could I fit in and what could my role be and would I be happy with that role.”
“Honestly, I didn’t feel they needed me there,” Wade said. “I feel that those guys are in a good place. They deserve to come back this year and see what that 30-11 was about. They don’t need me there over their shoulder or anything like that. That’s kind of how I approached it.”
Wade would of course probably starred in Miami in a bench role. Something he obviously didn’t want to do. Still, he didn’t rule out returning to Miami later in his career, in fact he made it clear he would, saying:
“Miami, the door’s always unlocked.” “
“One day I want to retire in a Miami Heat jersey. I don’t know how that will happen, but I definitely want to make sure than when I decide to hang it up, that jersey is on. Whether it’s being back there or signing a one-day deal like Paul Pierce, I want to make sure that I go out the way I came in.”
It’s definitely going to be weird to see Wade in a Cavs’ uniform. Possibly weirder than when he was with the Bulls. It’s tough to deny Wade’s legacy in Miami. Wade put the franchise on the map, and is considered the franchise’s greatest player. One day his number will hang in the rafters, but still it would be nice to see him wear his Heat uniform in a playing capacity before that happens.