"We'll worry about that in July. Right now, we're going to focus on these Finals." - Dwyane Wade
To no one's surprise, Wade didn't confirm or deny anything when asked by Jalen Rose during Sunday's ABC broadcast of Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers about his looming summer decision with the Miami Heat.
But as noted by Sun-Sentinel reporter Ira Winderman, the fact that Wade said he'll decide in July may have just given away his answer. Considering Wade has until June 30th to decide to decide whether or not to opt out, thinking about a decision in July would mean he has indeed opted out of his $16.1 million salary that is owed to him this year.
Wade spoke on other topics as well in the broadcast:
On being there again in the Finals...kind of:
"You know what? Since 2006, when we were there for the first time, I always go. Sometimes I sit down there. I just want to feel it. I just want to be a part of it. I've been blessed to go five times. But I go every year."
On having faith in LeBron James, who is without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving:
"If anyone can do it, LeBron James can."
Wade then said in order for James to will Cleveland to victory, he would have to facilitate like Magic Johnson while scoring like Michael Jordan.
The Cavaliers beat the Warriors on Sunday night 95-93, tying the series 1-1.
If Wade does indeed opt out, it's clear that not many teams can pay him the way Miami can, and payment seems to be the biggest issue coming from Wade's camp. While many have suggested the Cavs or Los Angeles Clippers as possible destinations, that would mean the Cavs would have to not only let Tristian Thompson go (the guy that LeBron called a Cav Lifer just last week) but also probably let Kevin Love go too, just to pay Wade his dues.
As for the Clippers, they would have to cut someone like Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, or JJ Reddick, while letting DeAndre Jordan go in free agency. Keep in mind coach Doc Rivers has already said he isn't letting his big man go no matter what. So the only way for Wade to join either of those franchises would be to take the minimum amount just to disrespect Pat Riley.
The teams that Wade could get to though would be the Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks. Both franchises have struggled to even to be in conversation for the playoffs, so would D-Wade really spend his last few years with franchises that are worse off than Miami is? My gut tells me that Wade stays, and last night just proved again that all of Heat Nation will be facing another long summer of suspense again.