Over the past several years, the NBA landscape has changed quite frequently. The Association’s best players have jumped to different teams creating a new status quo that the league has never experienced before. LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade have all signed with different teams in their prime — or the tail end of their prime in Wade’s case — which never was really an option in other eras.
At any rate, Wade had a chance to pay back buddy Bron-Bron for signing with the Miami Heat in 2010-11 — which resulted in Wade acquiring two more rings. Wade declined, opting for Chicago instead, but then gave an interesting explanation for his rejection of Cleveland.
Wade insists that this is all about Chicago.
“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.”
This is strange seeing that, at least on the surface, LeBron James wasn’t a fit in Miami. Clearly James wasn’t a complimentary piece to Wade and, really, they were redundant pieces that sacrificed to work together. So what is the different now?
Additionally, if this isn’t a shot towards Kevin Durant, then what does D-Wade consider “a fit?” If James to Miami was a fit and KD to the Warriors is a fit, then I’m curious what isn’t a fit in regards to signing with a team.
Plus, is Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler not going to dominate the ball as much as LeBron and Kyrie Irving? Why bring up ring chasing when you could have easily just said “Chicago was the only other place I wanted to play and I would have regretted turning down the opportunity.” Would that have not sufficed?
One could argue that the reason you bring up turning down the chance to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and following it with a “chasing rings” explanation is because something is rubbing you the wrong way.
That something would be Kevin Durant.