Months later and the truth is finally coming out.
After 13 years with the Miami Heat Dwyane Wade departed from the team to return to his hometown Chicago and join the Bulls.
Many figured the reason for Wade leaving was due to Pat Riley never reaching out to him during free agency, but those allegations were shut down by Wade when he said that was not the reason why he left, instead he said “my heart was telling me to go back home.”
Wade opened up on The Vertical Podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski and said Riley’s silence played a large role in his decision to go back to Chicago:
“I did feel at the end of the day it’s Micky Arison’s team but it’s Pat’s show,” “I love Pat and I know he loves me. The fact that we didn’t talk, that hurt. That was my deciding factor when it came down to the end of the day and he didn’t show he wanted me there. I know the Arison family loved me and wanted me there. I know Spo [coach Erik Spoelstra] wanted me there.
“At the end of the day, I didn’t hear from the guy I needed to. I expressed this to him later. That right there hurt me. It showed me… it was time to remove myself from the situation…. It’s a business. But I’m human as well. I was waiting for him to step up and meet me, call me, do something and it just never happened. That’s not the Pat I know. You can find me quicker than anybody. You want to be wanted. Everyone wants to be wanted. I didn’t feel like I was wanted from the person I wanted to be wanted from…. I was waiting for him to step up and meet me somewhere. Call me. Do something. It just never happened. That’s not Pat. That’s not the Pat I know.”
Truthfully this doesn’t come as a surprise to many fans as it was obvious Pat Riley wasn’t being fair to a star player like Dwayne Wade. Wade was an essential player to Miami as he helped them win three title.