Dwyane Wade met with the media for the final time after taking his team physical at the American Airlines Arena the day after the Heat’s season-ending loss at the hands of the Boston Celtics. He was calm, cool and collected from the outside and appeared to be in good spirits. But inside he might have been sick of answering the same questions from the same people that have dogged him persistently the entire year. Now that it’s actually a reality, however, Wade is looking forward to it all and was forthcoming about the road ahead.
It’s going to be a very busy summer, a challenging summer and an important summer for my life on and off the court. I have big decisions ahead of me. It’s not easy but it’s kind of exciting to get it on as well. Have the opportunity that I have to ponder my future. I’m in a good situation so it’s not bad.With such a high roster overhaul expected this summer, he expanded on yesterday's quote that came after the game 5 loss in which he did not see himself losing in the first round of the playoffs for a while.
That’s a message to myself and to the organization that I’m going to be a part of for "x" amount of years. We’re going to build contenders, and championship contender teams don’t go out in the first round. They find a way.But he insists it’s not going to be his job to improve the Heat roster should he decide to return. Although he just might have given his strongest statements yet about a possible return to the Heat since he told the media at the start of the series that Miami "was in the driver’s seat". And he doesn’t mind the Larry Bird Rights of course, allowing the Heat to outbid other suitors.
If you live in Miami it’s a good thing! (laughing) I’m biased. It’s a good rule for me. I don’t know if it’s good for someone else in another city. But for me it’s a good rule to have the opportunity to say, ‘You know, this is a beautiful place to be and it’s a city I’ve been in for a long time’. It makes it more calming then thinking, "I don’t like this city, I don’t want to be here but I’m losing almost thirty million dollars’.
That’s a little different kind of decision you’ve got to go into the summer with. I don’t have to go into that with that mind state so I’m a little more calmer than maybe someone else.Wade also reflected on the future of his longtime Heat teammates Udonis Haslem and Dorell Wright and subtly noted that he would prefer they would stay with him here.
The biggest thing for me is I want them guys to get their worth. I want to see them guys succeed. I would love for them to be here. I would love for them to be with me for the rest of my career. They’re like my brothers. I love those guys.Wade declined to give any percentages of him returning or leaving but didn’t hesitate to give his strongest statement yet about what he thought about the team that drafted him, won a championship ring with and built the entire franchise around him.
I’ve said it all year. My heart is here. Everybody knows me I’m mostly heart more so than anything. That’s all I can say. My heart is in Miami and if everything works out I’ll be in Miami again.