A few days after the Miami Heat's LeBron James addressed the possibility of becoming a free agent next summer, teammate Dwyane Wade spoke about his thoughts on the matter. While James said he is happy to play for the Miami Heat, Wade took it one step further.
"Everybody knows where I want to be. I want to be in Miami," Wade told the Miami HeraldThursday night. "I have nothing to talk about [regarding 2014 opt-outs]. So there won't be any exciting news over here."
Wade, James, and Chris Bosh can all opt out of the final two years of their contracts next summer and seek more lucrative or more long-term deals. While NBA front offices are salivating at the chance to steal the reigning MVP away from Miami, Wade would likely receive less interest.
But though he is on the north side of 30, Wade could have suitors should he choose to opt out. The Chicago native was recruited heavily by the Bulls in 2010.
However, Wade has become a fixture of the Heat, the only team he has ever played for, and it would be shocking if team president Pat Riley let him get away in 2014.
Wade also discussed his recovery from nagging knee injuries that slowed him at times during the 2013 playoffs. "They're feeling a lot, lot better," he said.
"I'm not at great yet," he cautioned, but added, "By the time the season [starts], I'll be as good as I've been."
Wade said he underwent OssaTron treatment, a non-surgical shock-wave therapy that relieves tendinitis. He said that he can start working out again now that he is a month out from receiving the treatment.
"I took enough time off," Wade said. "This weekend is my first weekend of getting back into basketball mindset and trying to focus on it."