Dwyane Wade appeared on the “Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles” podcast earlier this week as a recently retired player. And he shared a few bits and pieces of how he came to play with LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Wade said he didn’t think he and James would play together. But when they both were free agents during the 2010 off-season, a phone call led the two to want to team up. Wade said that the Chicago Bulls were at the top of both of their lists — as they would’ve had the cap space to sign two max-level free agents and a young Derrick Rose.
But because Miami had the space to sign three max-level free agents and they felt Chris Bosh was “the perfect match,” they ended up signing with the Heat. In a Players’ Tribune essay published May 2, Bosh denied the theory that he, James and Wade decided to play together during the 2008 Olympic Games.
Is that exactly what happened? When Stephen A. Smith first reported that the Big Three would come together in late June 2010, he said Wade had convinced them to come to Miami.