New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony never thought he would see Dwyane Wade in an NBA uniform other than the Miami Heat's.
Wade surprisingly ended his 13-year association with the Heat earlier in July, opting to join the Bulls as a free agent.
The 34-year-old did have an offer on the table to remain in Miami but the 12-time All-Star decided to return home to Chicago, much to Anthony's surprise.
"I was shocked," Anthony said on Thursday as he prepares for the Olympic Games with the United States. "I was shocked more from a standpoint it was just hard to see.
"It's hard to see some players in different uniforms and he's one of those guys who I never thought I would see in a different uniform other than Miami.
"But it happened, and I got a chance to talk to him and sit down with him and really dig deep about his feelings and what happened. He's at peace now. And when he's at peace, I'm at peace with it."
Anthony added: "I don't think the masses really understand how difficult those decisions are. And what goes into those decisions. And as athletes what's going through our mind during those decisions.
"A lot of people think we can just wake up and we can just make those decisions - it's not that easy."