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Dwyane Wade sacrificed a lot of money so the Miami Heat could build a championship contender when they went out and got LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

While his selflessness paid off – he won two more championships and went to four NBA Finals – Wade says being an owner has opened his eyes and he now realizes giving all those millions up wasn’t absolutely necessary.

“It was tough to give up, I think I gave up $17 or $20 million,” the three-time NBA champion said on the Point Forward podcast. “Now, as someone who’s on the other side of it, I didn’t have to give that money up. I could have pushed the envelope a little bit more. I could have made them spread a little bit of that bread.

“There was a lot of things that at the time, as a player, you really didn’t know. You just know that this is what they said needs to be done, and this is what we want to do. Let’s get it done, and so we all had to sacrifice financially.”

Wade acquired a minority stake in the Utah Jazz last April.