Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade admittedly is closing in on retirement and he already has some plans in mind.
“I definitely want to be a part of ownership in the NBA,” Wade told Business Week. “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.”
Wade said his preference would be to part of a group involved in bringing back an old franchise that already has a passionate fan base.
“I want Seattle’s team, the Sonics, to come back,” Wade said. “I think Seattle is a great basketball town. I would love to be a part of that.”
The SuperSonics departed Seattle to become the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008. There have been rumors of their return, and a near-move to Seattle by the Sacramento Kings … but the city remains without a franchise.
The city did keep the nickname and green-and-yellow color scheme. All they need now is some players to put in them, an owner, a coach and a decision to expand from Silver and the league office.
And who knows? Wade worked some basketball miracles on the court in his prime. Maybe he can work another and help Seattle land its team.