NBA fans are on the verge of one of the biggest free agent frenzies in recent memory, but one of the potential movers says he’s leaning more towards a boring resolution. On Friday Dwyane Wade told ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” that although he has considered a return to his hometown Chicago, his heart is still with the Miami Heat.
“Chicago is my home city, and I love Chicago,” Wade said Friday. “But my heart is here in Miami.
“All the cards are in Miami, and it’s their game to lose, more than anything. I appreciate that organizations want me to be a part of them, but right now Miami is in the driver’s seat.”
Wade has spent his entire six-year career with the Heat, and led the franchise to it’s first NBA championship in 2006. Miami hasn’t reached the final since then, but will try again Saturday as it opens the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. The Heat are projected to lose, according to NBA Sportsbooks, which would make him the first of the “Big Four” to hit the free agent market.
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That’s when the talk will get even louder as fans are already clammoring for him to sign with the Chicago Bulls.
“I hear it a lot, especially in the summertime,” Wade said. ” It’s an honor for people to even want you that way.”
“It’s like when you’re young and at school, and you find out that girl wants you. The girl you had a crush on for a long time, wants you, and you get excited about it. But it might not be the right situation for you, you don’t know. I don’t necessarily think about it as much as people think I do.”
Free agency will be a feeding frenzy for the likes of the Bulls and New York Knicks, who will be desperate to grab a main attraction for next season. And that could mean big money. But as LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Chris Bosh maintain their poker faces, Wade is being far more plain with his plans.
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“It’s really not a factor to me,” he said. “My situation is kind of simple. Miami knows where I stand. We do a lot of communicating with myself, [President Pat] Riley and [owner] Micky Arison.
“Right now, I’m focusing on what I can do to try to be the underdog and do something great that we haven’t done here in a couple of years, and that’s continue to compete and move onto the next round. The summer is the summer. We all know what that’s about. It’s exciting for fans. It’s exciting for the game of basketball. But it’s a big decision in our lives, and that decision will come with time. I’m not worried about it. I don’t think Miami is worried about it, either. They know and understand what I want, and I’m happy here, and hopefully we can try to make everything work.”