Dwyane Wade — a 13-year NBA veteran, three-time champion and 12-time All-Star — is the most experienced and the most decorated player on the Chicago Bulls roster.
But make no mistake ... he's not headed to Chicago expecting to take over as the go-to guy. As far as he's concerned, the Bulls belong to Jimmy Butler — a two-time All-Star who has spent all five of his NBA seasons in Chicago and is now the team's longest-tenured player behind power forward Taj Gibson.
"We're not going to go through this all year," Wade told reporters at his introductory press conference on Friday. "This is Jimmy Butler's team. Myself and (Rajon) Rondo are here to bring what we bring, as athletes to this team and to this city. He's a young bull on this team. He's a 26-year-old that can play 40 minutes if coach wants him to, and maybe more. I ain't trying to do all that. And we're going to depend on him a lot."
"He is a guy who I've known since Marquette University, that I have a tremendous amount of respect for," Wade continued. "This wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Jimmy Butler. Jimmy Butler called me and told me he wanted me (in Chicago), and that was huge. Because at the time, I didn't know."
Wade's comments mirror those that Rondo — who also referred to the Bulls as "Jimmy's team" — made at his introductory press conference earlier this month.
"It won't be a tug and pull of whose team it is," Wade said. "We're all playing together. We all have one common goal, and that's to win."