Dwyane Wade signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers to team up with LeBron James once again would have been the perfect script, right?
Friends and former teammates joining forces again to chase another title. Sounds great.
D. Wade thought hard about it this past summer, but eventually inked a two-year deal with his hometown Chicago Bulls in July.
Despite the fact that Wade would have had to take a huge paycut to sign with the Cavs for nearly $3.5 million — as compared to the $47 million he landed with the Bulls — he said it came down to something more important than money.
As a three-time NBA champ, Wade didn't feel the need to chase another ring and flat out thought he wasn't the best fit for the Cavs.
"For me, it’s as simple as, I got a deal [offered] in Miami for $41 million, I got a deal in Chicago for $47 million,” Wade told SLAM in a recent interview. “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.”
By the looks of his Instagram account, Wade is more than content with his decision to play for the Chi.
For what it's worth, Wade and his Bulls will host King James and the defending champion Cavs next Friday night (October 14).
So the friends and ex teammates will be reunited then.
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