Wade remains non-committal about future

Dwyane Wade appeared in 21 regular-season games for the Heat last season.

Dwyane Wade remains non-committal about his NBA future and told the Associated Press he’ll start focusing on a decision when he gets back from his promotional tour in China.

Wade, who signed a lifetime deal with a China-based sporting apparel called Li-Ning, says he’ll sit down with the right people when the time comes.

“When I get back from China, I’ll focus on that,” Wade told the Associated Press. “Right now, I’m focused on the game after basketball. Whatever happens in basketball, it happens. I’ve done everything that I can to this point to put myself that I’m in this position I am today, where I can do something that hasn’t been done globally yet. The basketball will take care of itself. I’ll sit down and figure that out once I get back from this tour at some point.”

Wade, 36, had an eventful year this past season. He started off playing with his pal LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it wasn’t the right fit for the Chicago native, as Wade’s heart and mind were still in South Beach.

So, the Cavs did Wade — and themselves — a favor by trading the guard to the Heat at the trade deadline. Wade was much more comfortable and productive in Miami, averaging 12.0 points in the 21 games in which he appeared.

Wade turned back the clock a few times during the Heat’s first-round playoff loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He scored 28 points in the Game 2 win and 25 in the Game 4 loss.

The Heat currently have 11 players under contract. The franchise surpassed the luxury tax threshold by more than $3 million to sign guard Wayne Ellington.

Miami’s projected tax payment is at $4.9 million, but if Wade agrees to return for the Heat’s $5.3 million exception, the tax would balloon well over $10 million.

 

 

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