The last member of Miami Heat’s prestigious “Big Three”, Dwyane Wade, may be calling it quits in Miami. LeBron James has confirmed and announced his decision to return home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chris Bosh has decided to take the maximum offered contract of $118 million to stay with the Miami Heat. NBA fans may be wondering where that leaves the third member of the trio, and if there is a possibility of him staying in Miami with Bosh. With LeBron going back to his old stomping grounds in Cleveland, this could lead to Wade possibly going home to Chicago too.
Dwyane Wade is originally from the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. He decided to live with his father and stepmother after his parents divorced while he was young. Wade had an average high school basketball career and did not reach his peak until his junior year. He received more playing time and had an average of 20 points per game. At the conclusion of his senior basketball season, Dwyane Wade was only recruited by three schools- DePaul University, Illinois State University and Marquette University. He chose to play for Marquette under Coach Tom Crean. After three years, Wade decided to skip his senior basketball season to enter the 2003 NBA Draft. He was the 5th overall pick by the Miami Heat and has been on Miami since then.
Ten years later, Dwyane Wade opted out of the last two years of his contract and entered the free agency this summer. He may decide to take his talents back to his hometown, Chicago. Rumors have stated that the Coach Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls have been interested in making a deal with Wade. He has yet to deny or state that the option is not completely out of the question. Wade opted out with $42 million left on his contract at the start of the free agency. That $42 million will be used as cap space money to eventually assist and sign another player.
Dwyane Wade could take his career to the next step whether he takes his talents to Chicago or possibly another interested team. During his ten years on the Heat, Wade was able to take home three championship rings, was part of a “Big Three” legacy alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh, and has overall left a name for himself with the entire Miami franchise that will eventually dub him as a legend.
In 2010, Dwyane Wade also entered the free agency. He briefly met with the Chicago Bulls, but chose to re-sign with Miami. Wade was also experiencing knee problems at the time, and with recent knee injuries, this could affect the Bulls decision in presenting a contract offer. There is still no word whether Wade will fly up to Chicago to speak about contract options this time around, but he could still possibly be going home, like LeBron.
What is it going to take for the 32-year-old shooting and point guard to return home to Chicago? Chicago is in need of a big-time scoring player, as the chances of Carmelo Anthony choosing the Bulls has decreased greatly in recent rumors. Dwyane Wade could possibly leave Miami and go home if the Chicago Bulls can come up with an offer that he cannot reject. Wade will be able to start a new chapter in his career if he chooses to close his Miami Heat legacy.
Commentary by Tricia Manalansan