Dwyane Wade was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2003 and went on to become one of the greatest NBA players of all time.
Wade’s 16-year career that saw him win three championships, one Finals MVP and earn 13 All-Star nods. Although he also played for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, the majority of his accolades came in Miami.
Which makes an interesting revelation by Wade all the most eye-opening.
Apparently, Wade came very close to not joining the Heat.
“Something that a lot of people don’t know, I almost ended up getting drafted by Orlando,” Wade revealed recently.
“Doc Rivers was going to draft me if the Miami Heat didn’t… Ask Doc… The Heat and Orlando had a conversation: if the Heat don’t get their guy, they were going to trade the pick to Orlando. Doc Rivers wanted to take me at 5.”
Had Orlando actually gotten Wade at that point, it could have teamed him up with Tracy McGrady. What that pair could have accomplished together is fascinating to think about.
On one hand, maybe their skillsets would have proven too redundant. On the other? Maybe they would’ve been simply unstoppable.
Whether he is talking about the one player Ja Morant reminds him of, settling the Michael Jordan vs LeBron James debate once and for all or posting racy photos of his wife Gabrielle Union – Wade is always good for some entrainment.
And this latest revelation was just another example of that.