Members of Team USA recently shared their thoughts on Dwyane Wade’s decision to sign with the Chicago Bulls this offseason. The former Miami Heat shooting guard will be introduced at the United Center on Friday afternoon.
The American squad will step into the same arena in the evening to take on Venezuela in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The star-studded roster will then fly to Houston for an exhibition game against Nigeria on Monday.
Wade’s closest friend on the team, Carmelo Anthony, was totally caught off guard by the transfer. The New York Knicks superstar said the three-time NBA champion was the kind of player he thought would play for one team in his entire career.
“I was shocked more from a standpoint it was just hard to see,” he told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “It’s hard to see some players in different uniforms and he’s one of those guys who I never thought I would see in a different uniform other than Miami.”
Anthony added that he and Wade had a deep discussion about what transpired in Miami. He is happy to know that Wade is now finally “at peace.”
Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green had the same sentiments as Anthony. He did not think Wade would ever leave Miami. Nevertheless, he is glad Wade has returned to play for his hometown crowd, as per Chicago Tribune.
Green’s new Warriors teammate, Kevin Durant, said he will get used to seeing Wade in the Bulls uniform. Coming from a whirlwind free agency himself, Durant understood why Wade left Miami.
“A franchise is only as good as the people running it,” explained Durant. “I’m sure D-Wade felt the same way, being around so many people for so long. But it’s not like he forced his way out during the season. He waited until he gave everything he had and he was able to make a decision at the end. I’ve been there.”