It's over, officially. No more Fly Wade. Never bought the shoes, but I'm going to miss those commercials.
Dwyane Wade said on Tuesday that he and Jordan Brand have parted way. Wade didn't want to go into too much detail but he said it was a mutual decision. Wade is expected to announce a new deal with Chinese shoe company Li-Ning, which once outfitted former Heat player Damon Jones.
"We had a great nine years but we have mutually parted ways and I'll be moving on," said Wade, who seemed none too happy about his prepared statement.
The Heat leaves for China on Sunday (and, by the way, don't forget to check for updates here on the blog because I'm the only reporter on the beat going) and Wade will likely officially introduce the shoe in Beijing.
Wade will be the second player on the Heat's current roster to be sponsored by a Chinese shoe company. Shane Battier is already a well-known pitchman in China and his new Battier 7 Peaks are launching this season. Battier began representing Peak while in Houston.
Wade practiced on Tuesday and said his knee responded well. He's expected to miss the preseason opener against Atlanta but may see some time in China. It's hard to believe he'd sit out the China Games after recently signing a new shoe deal with Li-Ning.
I will try a preseason game, at least one. I won't be eight, but at least eight.
"I'm just going day to day now," Wade said.