Dwyane Wade realizes a lot of people may not understand why he left the Miami Heat in the offseason to sign with the Chicago Bulls.

Wade will play the Heat for the first time later this week.

"If you're not in this business, it's hard to understand," Wade said Monday. "But I don't even want them to understand -- I want them to appreciate what we accomplished together. I want them to cheer for their team that they have, support those players over there that's giving their all. Support the future of the organization and be thankful that we all was able to experience an unbelievable ride together. That's all you can do."

Wade signed a two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls in the offseason after contract talks with the Heat stalled.

Wade said he doesn't know how he will be received in Miami by the fans.

"You never know," he said. "You never know how you're going to be received. But I did everything possibly right in my time there. So hopefully I'm received [for] what I've given to the franchise, organization. But at the same time you never know. You might hear a boo or something at some point. Everybody don't like you. You got to understand that. But I think overall it will be positive."