Dwyane Wade: Heat stars ‘not looking elsewhere’ before 2014 free agency
The coming of 2013 Media Day unofficially marks the start of the countdown to 2014 free agency, but Dwyane Wade doesn’t get the sense that the Heat’s “Big Three” is looking to go its separate ways just yet.
Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh can all become unrestricted free agents next summer, and James, the back-to-back NBA MVP, has been noncommittal when discussing his future. That “leaving open all options” approach isn’t exactly keeping Wade awake at nights.
“You have concern when you feel people want to go elsewhere,” Wade said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “I don’t think nobody is looking to go elsewhere.”
On Monday, James again ducked questions about his future.
“Being a leader of this team, I owe it to this organization, to my teammates to not talk about it,” he said, according to USA Today Sports.
Although Wade made it clear that James will need to make his own free-agency decision, he said James’ focus was in the right place as the Heat look to become the first team to three-peat since the 2000-2002 Lakers.
“We all know inside our locker room that LeBron is committed to this team,” Wade said, according to the Associated Press.
James could become the first player to win the NBA MVP award in three consecutive seasons since Larry Bird in 1984, 1985 and 1986.
“I got better,” James said, according to Fox Sports Florida. “I’m a better basketball player than I was last year in every aspect.’’
Wade, James and Bosh all possess the ability to opt in with the Heat for both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.