Dwyane Wade has made it clear he won't be playing in China next season.
While reports had swirled in late July that he had a three-year offer worth more than $25 million to play for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the CBA, the 12-time All-Star only plans to continue his NBA career with the Miami Heat.
"Heat only," Wade told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. "If I play the game of basketball this year it will be in a Miami uniform. If I don’t I’ll be living in Miami or somewhere else probably.”
Pat Riley and the Heat front office had been hoping for a mid-August decision on whether or not Wade would be returning to the team, but he seems to be in no rush on coming to an agreement.
"When the decision needs to be made it will be made," Wade said. "It’s different now. It’s not like we’re sitting down trying to figure out a $100M contract and I need to sign it by July 8th. So we have time.”
It only makes sense for the 36-year-old to finish out his career in "Wade County" as he was a different player after returning from the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second half of last season.
While being a key reserve down the stretch, he rose to the occasion in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 16.6 points over five games, highlighted by a 28-point, vintage performance in a Game 2 win.