Cleveland trying to sign Wade? Shot down.
Though it never went anywhere, Wade – who ultimately signed with the Bulls – had the same idea you did when it became clear he was disgruntled with the Heat last summer.
Wade, via Leo Sepkowitz of Slam:
“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.”
Wade seems happy in his native Chicago, and the security in legacy that comes with three titles probably factors. So does the money, as the Bulls offered more than the Cavs ever could have.
And Wade is right. He didn’t fit with Cleveland, which needs a shooting guard who excels on 3-pointers (like J.R. Smith). Then, again, that’s also what Chicago needs between Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler.