All-Star guard Dwyane Wade said Tuesday he remains committed to the Miami Heat, but said he would explore all of his options should he elect to opt out of his contract and become a free agent in 2010. CLick below for full story…
Guard Dwyane Wade committed to Miami Heat
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BY MICHAEL WALLACE
Days after suggesting the possibility of becoming a teammate of LeBron James after the two become free agents in 2010, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade shot down at least one potential destination for the star-studded tandem: New York.
Wade said Tuesday that he remains committed to the Heat for now and could see himself spending the rest of his career in Miami. But Wade also said he would explore all of his options should he elect to opt out of his contract and become a free agent in 2010, the same summer several of the NBA’s top players have options.
James, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward, is expected to be the most sought-after free agent in 2010 as part of a class that also includes Wade, Toronto’s Chris Bosh and Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire.
”Is it a possibility me and LeBron will play together? It’s always a possibility,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena. “We’re both free agents. Is it a possibility I’m going to New York? That’s not a possibility in my mind.”
That’s the strongest stance yet Wade has taken on his potential free agency in 2010. His comments came on the heels of a New York Post story published Friday in which Wade was quoted as saying he and James could end up as teammates.
But Wade took exception to some of the comments attributed to him in the story and said Friday that he never implied that the two would play in New York. The Knicks are among several teams that are clearing significant salary cap space to make a run at James and another top-tier free agent. The Heat also is among those teams angling to sign two players to maximum-level deals.
Wade said he takes the questions about his future in stride. But he also said his comments sometimes are taken completely out of context.
”Everybody puts their quotes where they want to put them [but], you know what you say,” Wade said. “I understand how things get twisted. I just laugh at it and keep going.”