I recently attended a taping for Rick Reilly's "Homecoming" featuring Dwyane Wade(notes). At every commercial break, someone from the crowd would yell about Wade coming to play for his hometown Bulls. Every time, he would just smile.
I've got bad news, Bulls fans, it sounds like it ain't happening.
"The bottom line is he has publicly and privately said that this is where he wants to be," [Heat owner Micky] Arison said before Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. "I believe him. I'm 95 percent sure that he would be here next year. You can never be 100."
Of course, Arison is in the midst of signing up season ticket holders for next year, so he's going to want to paint a pretty picture of the upcoming season. But there are a lot of reasons Wade wouldn't want to leave Miami.
As Ira Winderman details, if the Heat can snag a good free agent this summer, they'll have a decent nucleus that can compete in the East. Plus there's no income tax in Florida. Oh, and it's Florida. The appeal is pretty obvious.