Dwyane Wade’s two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls includes a player option for the 2017-18 season. Though highly unlikely, the three-time NBA champion could return to South Beach next summer.
Udonis Haslem is hopeful about a possible reunion with his longtime comrade. He believes Wade might still have a change of heart.
In a recent interview with Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro, Haslem joked that he will try to recruit Wade back to South Beach. It can be remembered that the two have been traveling together this summer, reaching as far as China to promote Wade’s “Way of Wade” sneaker line.
“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,” said Haslem. “He’s trying to sell his house down here. I might just buy it and hold it for him.”
Haslem and Wade both entered the NBA in 2003. The Miami Heat signed Haslem as an undrafted rookie while Wade was selected as the fifth overall pick in that year’s Rookie Draft.
Three years later, the duo won their first NBA championship alongside superstar center Shaquille O’Neal. Haslem also played a pivotal role during the Heat’s Big Three era between 2010 and 2014.
“Sometimes people say that blood is thicker than water. But with me and this guy [Wade], it’s not about blood,” Haslem explained. “It’s about the blood we put in, the sacrifices we put in and everything we went through together.”
The thirteen-year veteran added that he appreciates what Wade has done for him and for the city of Miami. He will continue to support Wade because he treats him like family.