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Winderman: Wade now top Summer 2010 target

Feb 18, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

nba_wade1_250.jpgThe signs have already been constructed just outside of LaGuardia, O’Hare and LAX, the ones with the picture of Dwyane Wade and the word: “Welcome!”

Because of that, the Heat will utilize JFK, Midway and Burbank the balance of the season.

Make no mistake, Dwyane Wade has become the ultimate bull’s eye of 2010 free agency.

For the Knicks, it is part of a dream scheme to pair him with LeBron James or Chris Bosh. For the Bulls, it is part of the type of homecoming that doesn’t include a fawning Rick Reilly. For the Clippers, it is a vision of making him the Kobe of Staples’ lesser lessee.

What New York, Chicago and Los Angeles accomplished at the trading deadline had nothing to do with their current 2009-10 realities. The Knicks’ playoff hopes already were dashed. Chicago clearly has downgraded itself from the team that threw such a scare at the Celtics during last season’s first round. And the Clippers were done as soon as Blake Griffin’s rookie season failed to get started.

But by creating enough space for the likes of Wade, the ultimate recruiting tour is about to begin. Word is John Calipari already is being lured as a consultant in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, a relatively low-risk proposition since the Knicks, Bulls and Clippers have nothing of note to vacate.

The measurement of any trading deadline is a team accomplishing its preset goal.

For the Knicks, that was losing Jared Jeffries’ $6.9 million from its 2010-11 books. Done, albeit not until after some haggling with the Rockets and a third-party entrance by the Kings.

For the Bulls, it was eliminating any chance that John Salmons would invoke his $5.8 million option for next season.

For the Clippers, it was offloading Al Thornton and Sebastian Telfair to open the type of max slot that nearly netted Kobe a few years back.

At the start of the process, LeBron James was the ultimate target.

But as a result of the trade deadline, LeBron now has his own dream team.

The Knicks could do far worse than Wade and Bosh. The Bulls have the hometown allure for the family conscious Wade. And there are fates far worse than half the Los Angeles market and enticement of playing alongside Baron Davis, Chris Kaman and Griffin.

New York. Chicago. Los Angeles.

Each long has been a destination of choice.

Now, each also has a money trail.

 Keeping Dwyane Wade grounded figures to be the ultimate challenge for the Heat.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

  1. Tman - Feb 18, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Bulls!

  2. Frank D. Jimenez - Feb 18, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    I’d love to see D Wade with a Laker’s jersey! That would just be too good to handle!

  3. DDH - Feb 18, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    D Wade with the bulls with rose would be an ultimate 1 hit ko for most teams with loul deng and hinrick

  4. HeatDolphans#1 - Feb 18, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Bulls?Yeah 2 SGs in the backcourt lmao!Please!

  5. Heat-Him - Feb 18, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    DWade is staying home. Sunny South Florida with less taxes of course.

  6. Winderidiot - Feb 18, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    The ultimate bulls eye prize is LeBron, not Wade. Wade is the suitable sidekick.

  7. dwadesprincess - Feb 18, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    ur an idiot. lebron, melo, n bosh are wades sidekicks, he has something they all dnt..A RING!! wade is the prize not lebron. lebron cnt get a title srry

  8. aj white - Feb 18, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    robert horry has more rings than both, that doesnt make him the catch of the summer. Wade is very, very good.BUT he got his ring when shaq was still usefull. Any team would take bron over wade any day

  9. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    dwade to the lakers lol that would be so awesome

  10. PeteRocks - Feb 19, 2010 at 5:16 AM

    Dwade to the lakers? Kobe would shoot him self! kobe wants to be like michael which will never ever happen.

  11. Anonymous - Feb 19, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    i agree with d wades princess. they r all d wades sidekicks. the championship came because of d wade. not shaq. best final performance in history.

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  15. Alan/Portsmouth RI - Mar 7, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    IRA:
    Lakers……
    As I previously stated…..Lakers need a scorer.
    How about signing Iverson to the Veteran Minimum for the rest of the season.
    Also:
    As LA Reported, Lakers Front Office is “Patton” Place….. war is being fought all over the carpets, girl friend/boyfriend…. brother/sister…. and a great old man.
    As Jerry can now see, he can try, but he cannot take $$$ to his grave. SPEND IT NOW, buy championships…..enjoy the rest of his life in more glory. The Laker Legacy is what he needs to keep going for his part in Basketball History.
    BUY LEBRON (as a free agent)….KEEP KOBE…. KEEP GASOL… KEEP ODOM…. as previously pleaded….ditch Bynam, Fisher, da bench.
    Start the LAKER NETWORK Cable Company….give that one to Jimmy. Give the Lakers to Jeannie…. give a lifetime contract to Phil to Coach.
    Jerry is too old to spend it all now….. and way too old to keep chasing blonds.

  16. The KING - May 2, 2010 at 3:53 AM

    Dwayne wade is one of the nba’s best player in the last decade and going to be one in this decade also. Many people failed to realize that Kobe and Lebron went thru the same thing Wade went thru the last few seasons a helpless team. A team that had no supporting role what so ever. But the next five years is going to belong to MIAMI with Bosh and Amare on the court with WADE. All a man ask for is help once a man gets what he wants the sky is the limit.

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