With the free agency period just weeks away, Dwyane Wade made it very clear he wants to stay in Miami. And, unlike LeBron, he’s looking for a star to join him, not another franchise to fit his needs.
“It’s going to be fit with me first,” Wade told ESPN.com‘s J.A. Adande. “I’ve made that very clear. Do I want to leave? Nope. Mmm-hmm. I want to be in Miami. That’s where it starts.”
Wade got the NBA world buzzing a few weeks ago when he proposed a Free Agent Summit, but this time he said he won’t recruit on Miami’s behalf. “Not now, anyway,” he said. “I don’t look at it as recruiting. I’ll gauge and see if guys want to be [in Miami], who wants to be with me.
“It’s about who can come to Miami, it’s about who do you trust, who can fit the organization, who best fits you as a player, things of that nature.”
With Wade eager to stay in Miami, the Heat have some major advantages heading into the summer: They can offer him a bigger contract than any other team can offer, and they have the cap space to bring on another max free agent. Two of whom Wade met up with in L.A. this past week. He had dinner with Toronto’s Chris Bosh –”Me and Chris have been friends since we came into the NBA. We signed with the same agent. … no worries, it’s just friends eating dinner.” — and spoke with Atlanta’s Joe Johnson at a Brand Jordan event.
As for LeBron, Wade said he has no idea where he’ll go.
“I don’t know about anyone else,” Wade said. “[LeBron] is his own man. He’s going to decide for himself. Everyone has their thoughts of what’s going to happen. No one knows. I don’t even think LeBron knows.” [ESPN.com]