Bulls' Dwyane Wade doesn't rule out Heat return: 'Anything is possible'

Dwyane Wade left the Miami Heat in July after 13 seasons, signing a contract with the Chicago Bulls to the shock of just about everybody in the NBA. In an extensive Q&A with Sports Illustrated's Rohan Nadkarni, Wade sounds happy with his decision, saying that people around him always knew that if he left Miami, it would be to go home. But while he downplayed the difficulty of telling Heat CEO Nick Arison that he was going elsewhere -- owner Mickey Arison was unavailable -- and called the wait between deciding he wanted to go to the Bulls and the deal getting done as "the longest hour ever," Wade declined to declare that he'd definitely played his last game for Miami:

RN: Will you ever play another game for the Miami Heat?

Wade: I don't know. I never thought I would not be there. At this point in my career, I've been asked that, and it's not a focus of mine. I'm happy where I am. I gave Miami everything I had for 13 years. The years I have left, hopefully I can give as much to Chicago. You never know what the future holds so you never want to say yes or no. Anything is possible. But, I'm cool right now. I'm good.

Dwyane Wade in preseason making a face
Dwyane Wade is a Bull, and it's still a little weird. USATSI

That's a great question, and it's also an incredibly difficult one for Wade to answer. While his split with the organization that drafted him has been described as acrimonious, neither side said publicly that there is bad blood. Wade is considered the best Heat player of all-time, and he's always going to be beloved in Miami. It wouldn't do him any good to dismiss the possibility of finishing his career there -- even if he acknowledges the possibility is remote.

What would it take, then, for the 34-year-old Wade to end up back in a Heat uniform before he retires? First, this Chicago experiment would have to fail spectacularly, which doesn't seem like that much of a stretch. Then, the Heat would need to rebuild their roster in a way that makes it an attractive destination for him. Also, if damage was indeed done to Wade's relationship with the Arisons and president Pat Riley, then that would have to be repaired. Crazier things have happened, but it wouldn't be wise to count on it.

CBS Sports Writer

James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the... Full Bio

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