Good morning. Let's basketball.
FLASHBANG: Dwyane Wade becomes the latest star to peace-out of the only pro city he's ever played after reaching a two-year, $47.5 million deal with the Chicago Bulls after a contract stand-off with the Miami Heat. Wade won three titles over 13 seasons in Miami, and on paper is easily the greatest Heat player ever. Apparently Pat Riley lowballed him while focusing on keeping Hassan Whiteside and luring Kevin Durant. (Riley shot 50 percent there.) Wade was upset enough this time around to actually leave.
Dan Le Batard on how history will judge Wade, Riley and this whole thing. Ethan Skolnick on how this could have been avoided. Michael Lee on why this had to happen. Hot Hot Hoops tries to come to grips with the new reality.
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THEY DON'T HAVE THE RANGE: Not that Chicago is a great fit for Wade: they signed Rajon Rondo (an awful shooter) as their new point guard. Presuming Wade starts next to him, that might be the worst deep-shooting backcourt in the NBA. It also takes more possessions away from Jimmy Butler, one of the best young players in the league, who will now apparently slot in as a small forward. More than anything, the Wade deal -- as fun as it is given Flash grew up in Chicago -- shows that the Bulls really don't have a plan.
DOMINOES: Wade's decision knocked down a few more dominoes as the Bulls needed to open up some space. Chicago sent Jose Calderon into the Lakers' cap space and shipped Mike Dunleavy down the road to Cleveland.
STILL REELING: Bethlehem Shoals on how Kevin Durant turned LeBron James into a populist hero. Ricky O'Donnell and Zito Madu debate whether KD makes the Warriors more or less interesting. Eddie Maisonet joined the Limited Upside podcast to talk about KD's move. A list of players who should unretire to join the Warriors. Ray Allen is actually apparently serious about coming back to play for the Warriors or Cavaliers. Serena Williams' reaction when asked about Durant to the Warriors is priceless. Mike Wise on the Warriors as the Evil Empire. David Aldridge on KD's LeBronian expression of player power. David Dennis, Jr. on how KD made the best decision for himself.
IT COULD HAVE BEEN AMAZING: There was belief in darker corners of the NBA Internet late Wednesday that LeBron was behind the Wade decision, in an effort to derail Durant-to-Golden State by convincing Whiteside to sign with Dallas instead of Miami.
Happy Thursday. See you next time.