Dwyane Wade was quoted in the Chicago Tribune about the possibilities of joining his hometown squad along with, the future of this summer's top tier NBA free agents.
And, if you're scoring at home Miami 1, Chicago 0.
"I think the biggest question that you think about has to be loyalty," said Wade, a Richards grad who added he has been a Bulls fan for a long time. "I know one thing about Miami: It is a very loyal organization. I see what they do with their players when their players get done with the game of basketball … how loyal they are. I don't know about the Bulls."
Wade said it appears to him that the Bulls don't measure up to the Heat in the loyalty department.
"I see Michael Jordan is not there, Scottie Pippen is not there. … You know, these guys are not a part," Wade said. "Things like that. So that is probably one of the biggest things for me, because I am a very loyal person."
That sound you hear is HEAT fans exhaling in unison.
Wade continued on the offensive as he seemed to put his recruiting hat on.
Wade said he's not sure when the top free agents will discuss their respective plans, though they have spoken informally in the past.
"(Free agency) has been three years coming," Wade said. "We've discussed it prematurely, at different times. (But) you don't know what guys are thinking and where they're going. I think we'll all sit down, and before one of us makes a decision, all of us will have spoken to each other and (listened to the) thinking.
"A lot of decisions (will be based on) what other players are willing to do and what other guys want to do. So it's not just a 'me' situation here. We all have to look and see what each other is thinking."
Wade said he wouldn't have a problem playing alongside another great player.
"I understand that you have to have a great team, a great supporting cast around you. That's all I want," he said. "My ego is not that big. … I just want to win."
That sounds like a message to his buddy LeBron James. It seems everyone is already banking on the fact that LBJ will end up in, "The Second City."
Meanwhile, Wade seems to be on a mission to deter him from those plans and could be best suited to do so.
Wade also plans on making inroads with the likes of Chris Bosh and Joe Johnson
This morning, (on the Jorge Sedano Show on 790 The Ticket) I had on Chris Mannix. Mannix covers the NBA for Sports Illustrated and he agrees that Wade is putting on the Full Court Press. (click on link below for 90 second clip)
CHRIS MANNIX W SEDANO - WADE AS RECRUITER - 5-27-10Now, Mannix seems to think that Wade's attempts will be ill-fated, but will certainly aid Miami in landing a top tier free agent.
Mannix did have an interesting twist to the Michael Beasley saga. He feels that all the talk about trading Beasley for cap space may be premature and that he will likely be used in a sign and trade that could land Chris Bosh. (click on link below for 68 second clip)
CHRIS MANNIX W SEDANO - BEASLEY AS TRADE PIECE
Mannix added that the Heat has the most attractive piece in a sign and trade scenario. He feels the Lakers-Toronto swap (Bynum for Bosh) is a pipe dream. He has spoken to both sides and doesn't feel that will ever come to fruition, because the Lakers are not willing to part with Bynum.
Then, there are the Chicago sign and trade possibilities. Here are his thoughts on that subject.
(click on link below for 37 second clip)
CHRIS MANNIX W SEDANO - BEASLEY AS TRADE PIECE 2
So, it seems that there is more of a broad spectrum of possibilities this off season for Miami than what we've been led to believe.
Which means Pat Riley is licking his chops as we speak.
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