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After Miami Heat the next stop for Dwyane Wade is...Seattle?

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Among Wade’s aspirations is part ownership of a NBA basketball team.

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The Miami Heat aren’t the only team near and dear to the heart of Dwyane Wade.

When interviewed by Joel Weber, Wade gave a surprising answer when asked about involvement in a NBA franchise after his playing days are over.

Q: “Which team do you want?”

A: “Seattle. I want Seattle’s team, the Sonics, to come back. I think Seattle is a great basketball town. I would love to be a part of that.”

His interests often parallel the path laid down by his early teammate and Hall Of Fame predecessor Shaquille O’Neal.

Q: “When you think about your next act off the court, would you ever consider buying a team?”

A: “I definitely want to be a part of ownership in the NBA. I’m not going to try to buy a team. I don’t have that kind of bread, but I definitely want to be a part of a great ownership group. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is all about players being involved in an ownership capacity. You’ve got players like Grant Hill involved in the Atlanta Hawks. Shaquille O’Neal is involved in the Sacramento Kings. It’s definitely something that I’ve talked about, some of my friends have talked about. But, first of all, I’d have to be retired. When that time comes ...”

Miami Heat are fortunate to have so many bright minds and talents associated with them: Pat Riley, Alonzo Mourning, Shane Battier, James Jones, Wade, O’Neal, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen.

That Wade wants to be part of an even bigger stage is not surprising, but Seattle is.