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Dwyane Wade’s Thank You Letter To The Miami Proves He Really Is An OG

 

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In a move maybe more shocking than Durant leaving OKC was legendary Miami Hear guard Dwyane Wade’s decision to leave Miami to sign a 2 year/ $48 million dollar deal with his hometown Chicago Bulls. It wasn’t an easy decision for hi…. ahh who am I kidding? It was probably as easy as they come, no matter how torn up the dude is acting. No one is turning down $50 million dollars, especially when it is being offered to go play for the team you rooted for as a child.

From the Associated Press:

Dear Miami,

This has been an extremely emotional and tough decision to come to. After 13 years, I have decided to embark on a new journey with the Chicago Bulls. This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice for myself and my family.

I started my NBA career with the Miami Heat in 2003 and it has been an honor to have played with them and help build a winning franchise with three NBA championships. I look back with pride and amazement at all we have accomplished together. I want to express my gratitude to the Arison family, Pat Riley, Coach Erik Spoelstra, the coaching staff, and the entire Miami Heat organization.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Miami community and especially #HEATNATION for all of their love and support over the years. It has been truly incredible. I am deeply moved and appreciative of the positive messages from my fans expressing that they want what’s best for me and I know they will support my decision. The memories including championship parades and five conference titles are incredible moments we have shared that will always remain close to my heart as I begin the next chapter of my life.

Growing up in Robbins, Ill., I never dreamed that an NBA career could have even been possible and that one day I would wear a Chicago Bulls jersey. Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player. My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Center. I have never forgotten where I came from and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game. Many of my family members still live in Chicago and I am excited to return home to a city very close to my heart.

I look forward to returning to my roots and to what lies ahead.

Much Love and Respect,

D. Wade

Miami fans are going to bitch and moan, but really, they have no right to, as this is NOTHING like Lebron leaving Cleveland or Durant leaving Okalahoma City. Wade played 13 years in Miami, brining home 3 titles. In the end, he had contract demands, and the Heat brass refused to meet them. On one hand, is Wade asking for more than he deserves at this point? Of course he is. By the time his current contract ends he’ll be heading towards his 37th birthday, probably scoring like 15 points a game. Should Wade have been asking for less? Of course he should have. But if you could get $50 million, you would too, simple as thatBut on the other hand, if your Pat Riley, the way money has been thrown around this season, you’re really going to let the greatest player in the franchise’s HISTORY walk over $8 million (the Heat offered Wade a 2 year/ $40 million deal).

Nothing last forever, and if you don’t realize that by now, god help you.

On to the next one, Flash.

 

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