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Dwyane Wade knows first-hand there’s no loyalty in sports.
When Wade was a free-agent in 2016, the Miami Heat didn’t want to pay the future Hall-of-Famer and the guard ended up leaving South Beach for the Chicago Bulls.
Wade was frustrated with the Heat and president Pat Riley at the time, as he had taken multiple pay cuts over the years to help the team build a contender, with the hopes the franchise would pay him back later in his career for everything he did for them.
Wade and the Heat are obviously back on good terms now. Wade remains non-committal about his NBA future and told the Associated Press he’ll start focusing on a decision when he gets back from his promotional tour in China.
When asked by the Associated Press to give his thoughts on the DeMar DeRozan trade, Wade said he felt bad for DeRozan.
“DeRozan gave everything to Toronto, everything they asked him to do from the standpoint of loyalty,” Wade told Tim Reynolds of the AP. “That’s why I hate loyalty and sports, those two words, they shouldn’t go together. From a player standpoint, it just sucks.”
Per multiple reports, the Raptors told DeRozan in Las Vegas during summer league that they weren’t going to trade him. DeRozan was very upset by the trade and is not backing off his claim that he was lied to.
In a story DeRozan posted on his Instagram page Wednesday morning, the All-Star wrote, “Be told one thing & the outcome another. Can’t trust em. Ain’t no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing… Soon you’ll understand… Don’t disturb…”