Dwyane Wade has yet to suit up for his first regular-season game with the Chicago Bulls, but that hasn’t stopped the conversations over where Wade will ultimately end his career.
This summer, after spending 13 years as a fixture in Miami, Wade headed north to join Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler on his hometown team in Chicago. The move was shocking to a South Florida sports community that had become accustomed to seeing the regular cat-and-mouse games that were Wade and the Heat’s contract negotiations be resolved in due time.
Following his departure, several reports cited an erosion in the relationship between Pat Riley and Wade, a claim that, regardless of truth, both parties have been diplomatic about.
Wade raised some eyebrows last week when he declined the opportunity to close the door on a Miami Heat return, telling Sports Illustrated that “anything is possible.”
Wade’s former trainer, Tim Grover, fueled further speculation about an eventual reunion for Wade and the Heat while making an appearance on FS1’s “UNDISPUTED” on Oct. 19.
While discussing several NBA topics with Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless, Grover expressed his belief that Wade will end up coming back to the Heat. Grover made it clear that he hasn’t had any discussions with Wade or Riley, but stated that he has “a gut feeling” that Wade “will finish his career in Miami.”
He went on to mention that he expects Wade to be successful in Chicago and that Wade is “not looking to be the man” on his new team, a sentiment that Wade has echoed.
While Heat fans are undoubtedly a long way from even potentially seeing Wade return, little has been said this offseason to dampen their optimism.