Dwyane Wade on leaving Heat: 'I have no ill will toward the organization'
After 13 seasons and three NBA titles, Dwyane Wade left the Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls this off–season. But in a wide–ranging Q&A with The Crossover's Rohan Nadkarni, Wade says he doesn't hold any grudges against his former team.
"I had 13 great years in Miami," Wade said. "I have no ill will toward the organization. I wish them nothing but success in their future. But right now, it’s what’s best for me. It’s unfortunate that a lot of stuff played out in media, whether it was right or it was wrong, but at the end of the day, like I said, I have no ill will. They drafted me, they gave me an opportunity to live my dream out. I thank them for putting me on that platform to go out and try to be great."
Wadded added that he had to treat his decision like a businessman, just like the Heat make decisions as a business: "At the top of the chain, they have a business to run. And it's their job to run it any way they want to. My business is myself and it's my job to look out for me."
Wade, 34, signed a two-year deal, $47 million with Chicago in July. Wade is coming off a season in which he averaged 19.0 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds for the 48–34 Heat.
The Bulls will open the season on Oct. 27 against the Boston Celtics.