During this past offseason in free agency, Dwyane Wade made the difficult decision to leave the Miami Heat after spending the first 13 years of his NBA career with the franchise. One of the teams that he was heavily linked to was the Cleveland Cavaliers. In a recent interview with Slam Magazine, he revealed how close he was to actually signing with the Cavaliers.
“For me, it’s as simple as, I got a deal in Miami for $41 million, I got a deal in Chicago for $47 million,” Wade says. “It didn’t come down to the money. I thought about Cleveland, but I didn’t fit there. You don’t just do something because, Oh, I could win the ring there. I have three rings. I don’t need to chase the ring. This is what I wanted to do. I couldn’t fight it. If you fight it, you’re gonna always be like, You shoulda, or, What could’ve—I don’t like to live my life like that.”
It could have been extremely easily for Wade to join Cleveland given the nature of his relationship with LeBron James. However, the 34-year-old viewed that as taking the easy road for a championship. Instead, he chose take up the opportunity to play with his hometown.
What this also indicates is that Wade was highly disappointed in the Heat low balling him in contract negotiations. If Pat Riley would have upped the anti to rival the offer that the Chicago Bulls gave him, then he would have stayed. It was simply a situation made into a complete rodeo because the lack of respect shown toward Wade by Miami