Dwyane Wade considered joining former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers before ultimately signing with the Chicago Bulls, he told SLAM Magazine's Leo Sepkowitz.
During free agency, Wade reportedly mulled taking less money to play with James. He signed a two-year deal, $47 million with 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 said. “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 spent the first 13 seasons of his career with the Miami Heat and won three NBA titles.
He played 12 minutes in his first preseason game for the Bulls and finished with six points, two rebounds and one assist.
The Bulls will open the season on Oct. 27 against the Boston Celtics.