An NBA rumor has floated about regarding the possibility of a Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem reunion. After playing for the Miami Heat together for 13 seasons, the two friends and former teammates will be on opposing benches for the first time.
When NBA fans think of Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, the Miami Heat immediately come to mind. Watching Wade in a Bulls jersey will be weird at first. That became official when Wade signed a two-year deal, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, with the Bulls over the summer. Wade will receive $47.5 million from the team.
Just as NBA fans must get used to Wade playing for the Chicago Bulls, the future Hall of Famer has to come to grips with it as well.
It has been a surreal process for all the parties involved. Dwyane Wade was upset with the Heat organization, only to escape a rebuilding project. Not that the Bulls’ situation was anything better than the Heat’s, but with Wade, they can be a solid No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference if a few things break right.
Miami could be in rebuilding mode for the next two seasons. And that Heat exodus could get contagious if Wade gets his way.
Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem to the Chicago Bulls may not be one of the typical NBA rumors you hear about. Wade and Haslem truly want to retire together, while playing on the same team. And if the Bulls have their way, Wade will retire wearing their red and black jersey.
Another sign of a Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem reunion came from their own words.
Dwyane Wade was in Miami for the CommUNITY Bike Ride. Wade spoke to the Miami Herald about leaving his good friend, Udonis Haslem behind.
“UD has been by my side for 13 years. Listen you know how we are. We are macho men. So we don’t say a lot of stuff to each other that we say to others. But I love that man.
“One of the hardest things about me leaving this city was that I wasn’t going to be playing with UD anymore, that I wasn’t going to be in the same locker room with him. That was the hardest decision for me.”
Watching Wade and Haslem play against each other this season will be strange, although it may not last.
Haslem had his time to talk. He would go on to offer praise for Wade. The veteran power forward then hinted at playing with Wade once again.
“I’m going to damn sure try. I mean, I don’t know. I guess I’ve got to wait until next summer to see how that goes. But, I never give up without a fight. So there’s ain’t no time to start now.”
Udonis Haslem would not confirm that he was going to leave the Heat as a free agent next offseason. He may say that he is a Miami Heat player for life, and that is where he wants Wade to return. The chances are great that if he wants to rejoin Dwyane Wade as a teammate, it will only happen with the Chicago Bulls.
Dwyane Wade is not going anywhere. He will likely remain with the Bulls for the duration of his contract.
Dwyane Wade has an opt-out clause in his Bulls’ contract. He can leave them after a season and go back to the Heat. If Wade were to do that, it would be perceived as a true black eye. Not just for the Bulls, but for Wade. Coming to the Bulls was already viewed as a risk. Wade’s reputation would take a slight hit. As for Haslem, it would be easier for him to join the Bulls.
If the Bulls wanted to trade for Haslem now, they could. Is it a wise basketball decision for them to attempt a trade? Not now. Haslem as a free agent could come to the Bulls under the veteran minimum or the veteran’s exception.
Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem have talked about retiring together on the same team. Haslem may hope that happens back in South Beach, with the Miami Heat. The basketball court may be better on the other side. Any reunion between friends Wade and Haslem will happen with the Chicago Bulls.
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