Dwyane Wade eventually made it back to his hometown of Chicago. But it could have happened six years earlier with LeBron James in tow. Wade told reporters on Thursday that, back in 2010, he and James were looking at Chicago as the place to team up. But the Bulls couldn't create the cap space that the Miami Heat did, allowing Chris Bosh to take his place as the third Superfriend.
Wade said Chicago was a top option in 2010 but Chris Bosh changed things for he and LeBron. Said as a basketball fit Miami made sense— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) October 13, 2016
Had Deng been traded to the Clippers that summer, Wade said "it would've been a different story"— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) October 13, 2016
Wade: "my eyes were here, LeBron's eyes were here. Miami put a monkey wrench in the plan when they could fit all 3 of us."— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) October 13, 2016
Interestingly, the Bulls finished with the league's best record in the 2010-11 season without Bosh, James and Wade. They signed Carlos Boozer and a few guys - Omer Asik, Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver - that formed the best bench in the NBA. Derrick Rose was voted MVP and Tom Thibodeau was the Coach of the Year. The Heat defeated the Bulls in the conference finals and made their first of four straight trips to The Finals.