Dwyane Wade Says He and LeBron James Were Interested in Joining Bulls in 2010

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2016

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Star guard Dwyane Wade revealed Thursday both he and LeBron James had the Chicago Bulls atop their wish list during free agency in 2010, according to Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago, but the Miami Heat's ability to sign the pair along with Chris Bosh was ultimately the decisive factor. 

"My eyes were here; LeBron's eyes were here," Wade told Goodwill. "Miami put a monkey wrench in the plan when they could fit all three of us."

Wade added that if Luol Deng had been traded from the Bulls to the Los Angeles Clippers that summer, "it would've been a different story."

But Wade doesn't have any regrets, as he told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune

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Wade, laughing, on if it would've been easier to come to Bulls in '10 since they had young talent: "I think we made a good choice."

Wade disputed the notion that he and James had been planning the 2010 summer years in advance, per Goodwill:

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Of the notion he and LeBron pre-planned playing together when they signed short extension in 2006, Wade said: "Crazy idea"

The trio of Wade, James and Bosh would go on to reach four straight NBA finals between 2010 and 2014 with the Heat, winning two in the process. But James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2014, Wade signed with the Bulls this summer, and Bosh likely will never play for the Heat again after failing a physical three weeks ago, as he has dealt with blood-clotting issues.

As to whether Wade considered partnering with James again, this time in Cleveland, the shooting guard made it clear the possibility was never realistic, per Johnson:

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Wade, laughing, on story that Cavs wanted him but only had $3.5M exception: "I'm not ring chasing."

Now Wade, 34, finds himself on a new-look Bulls team that traded Derrick Rose and lost Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah to free agency this offseason. It added Rajon Rondo and Robin Lopez in their place. Wade has realistic goals for his new team, calling the postseason the main priority and noting that title hopes are "unrealistic" for the 2016-17 season, per Johnson.

Or course, had Wade joined the Bulls back in 2010 along with James, the team's title chances would have been far more realistic.


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