With each member of the Heat’s Big Three holding opt-out clauses next summer, Dwyane Wade said Thursday night that it will not be an issue for him because he plans to stay with the Heat long-term.
“Everybody knows where I want to be. I want to be in Miami,” he said at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, at an event to kick off his annual basketball fantasy camp. “I have nothing to talk about [regarding 2014 opt-outs]. So there won’t be any exciting news over here.”
LeBron James said in June that his hope would be to continue playing with Wade and Chris Bosh long-term in Miami but stopped short of saying he definitely would stay with the Heat beyond next summer. Bosh said during the playoffs that he wants to stay with the Heat long-term.
Wade said he will answer questions about 2014 free agency on Heat media day in late September “and that will be the last time I address it.” He said the priority must be to “make sure we focus on this season and winning the championship.”
Meanwhile, Wade said his knees – which caused him discomfort during the playoffs – have improved considerably but are not 100 percent.
“They’re feeling a lot, lot better,” he said. “I’m not at great yet. Now I have to work at the strengthening part of it. I still have time before the season. By the time the season [starts], I’ll be as good as I’ve been.”
Wade said he underwent a treatment, OssaTron, that he hadn’t used since 2007. The procedure --- a non-surgical shock wave therapy --- relieves tendinitis and was the same treatment that Heat forward Rashard Lewis, among others, have used in recent years.
Wade said he needed to take a month off after receiving the treatment, and “this weekend will be a month to the day. I can start working out now.”
Wade said the offseason has been “great. Winning a championship, going into the offseason makes it a lot easier. But it’s been a short one. You get back to the point now where you have to start getting back into the mode of getting ready for the season.
“I took enough time off. This weekend is my first weekend of getting back into basketball mindset and trying to focus on it.”
Wade was pleased with the Heat’s addition of center Greg Oden, who hasn’t played since December 2009 because of knee injuries.
“I think it’s great,” Wade said. “Greg has done a good job of trying to get his body back. He’s 25. He wants to play the game at a high level like we know he’s capable of. He’s been snakebitten a little bit. He’s done a good job of taking time off and trying to get healthy.
“He’s come to the right place. They will do everything in their power to make sure he is able to be on the court and be effective. Hopefully, he doesn’t rush it. We take him step by step. He can be one of those Shane Battier, Ray Allen summers. We sign a guy – Birdman as well – that a lot of people weren’t really looking at to be a big part of something. And he could become a big part of what we’re trying to do.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, Indiana coach Tom Crean (Wade’s friend and former coach at Marquette) and Hall of Famer Rick Barry are among those working at Wade’s camp this weekend.
“We’re selling a fantasy,” Wade said. “A lot of guys love the game of basketball. This gives guys an opportunity to relive those moments and build relationships. It’s one of the fun things I do.”
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