July 31, 2016, 11:52 am
Dwyane Wade was introduced to the Chicago press on Saturday and said that a philosophical change by the Heat, combined with his desire to play in his hometown, ultimately led to his decision to leave Miami according to the Miami Herald.
“Last year I wanted more money — just to be real; I got more money,” Wade said. “This year, the direction and the focus for that organization in Miami — which I have nothing but love and respect for — was a little different than it has been in years past.”
We also learned that Wade dealt exclusively with Micky Arison and his son, team CEO Nick Arison.
“I dealt with Micky Arison, Nick Arison when it came to my contracts the last two years,” he said. “[Riley] didn’t call or email or text or nothing like that to try to sway me or try to get me back.”
That’s some pretty strong shade being thrown by Wade, even if he presents it with a politician’s polish. And he has that bully pulpit to speak from so the Heat are probably going to have to sit there and take it. And with everybody on the Heat’s side more or less distancing themselves from the responsibility for the decision to let Wade go, it’s fair to wonder with of these three was actually calling the shots when it was decided to go away from their superstar.