Dwyane Wade and Michael Jordan no longer are a couple.
Confirming what has been speculated for weeks, Wade said Tuesday he no longer will endorse Nike's Jordan Brand.
"I did mutually part ways with the Jordan umbrella, with Jordan and Converse," Wade said after testing his sore knee Tuesday for a second consecutive day at Miami Heat practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I had great nine years but we have mutually parted ways and I'm moving on."
Wade said the departure did not have anything to do with specifically with Jordan, who now owns the Charlotte Bobcats and had made appearances alongside Wade amid their marketing agreement.
"We had a great three years. It's just the time. We went our separate ways," Wade said. "I still feel honored to have represented my favorite player of all time and his brand, and the opportunity I was given. I'm not disappointed at all."
Wade was careful to remove his sneakers following Tuesday's practice before meeting with the media, handling his interview session in a pair of flip-flops, saying, "I'm just working in my new shoes."
He now will become the face of China-based apparel company Li-Ning, with that formal announcement likely to come during next week's Heat preseason trip to China. While Wade declined to confirm the Li-Ning agreement, Heat teammate Shane Battier, who has his own China shoe deal, effectively did.
"I told him, 'Let the friendly competition begin, Peak vs. Li-Ning," said Battier, who has a marketing agreement with Peak. "I stand by my brand. I was a pioneer over there, so it's good to have a fellow brother over there."
Li-Ning is based in Beijing, which is the first of two stops on the China trip that also will take the Heat to Shanghai. Wade had been with Jordan Brand since 2010. Wade posted a sneaker photo late Tuesday on his Instgram account next to the date 10/10, indicating his new shoe will be released next Wednesday when the Heat are in Beijiing.