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Dwyane Wade obviously not thrilled with media talking LeBron to the Lakers

Oct 19, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

Dwyane Wade responds to a question in a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida Reuters

A legitimate report surfaced yesterday that had the Lakers preparing to make a run at LeBron James when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2014 season.

The report — from the beyond credible Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com — was not a rumor, and instead, was based in fact: multiple general managers around the league believed that’s what the Lakers have planeed, based on Kobe Bryant‘s timetable for retirement, as well as the way the rest of the team’s players contracts are structured.

Understandably, Dwyane Wade is not interested in hearing where his all-world teammate might play two years from now, especially if it’s going to be somewhere other than Miami. He had this to say about it after the Heat’s preseason win over the Pistons on Thursday.

“They need to leave my teammate alone with that, and go mess with somebody else,” Wade said. “He’s gonna be here. We’re straight.”

Again, since the report was nowhere near rumor-mongering and wasn’t simply speculative, there’s no problem putting it out there. Still, 2014 is a relative eternity from now, and trying to guess which team the best player in the league will feel like playing with then is beyond impossible.

James knows the game by now, and took the high road by simply saying he’s not going to worry about it. Wade was being a little more protective with his comments, and given all that can happen between now and when LeBron’s next “decision” will need to be made, you can understand his annoyance at the conversation.

  1. motobus - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Since when are opinions from multiple competing GMs ‘fact’?

    • miamatt - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      I couldn’t agree more. A source “inside the Lakers”, even if unnamed, making a comment, would be basing this story on fact. Multiple GMs who do NOT work for the Lakers guessing what the Lakers will do, in other words SPECULATING, is not basing this story on fact. And it’s hardly news that the Lakers will swing for the fences if and when they have cap space, THAT’S WHAT THEY DO.

      And I love all the comments about how Wade will be “washed up” or in “sharp decline” by then. Why? Because he is 30 coming off an injury? He was still the most most efficient shooting guard in the league last year, and damn effective in the playoffs, even if not up to his usual standards. Is it possible Wade will be falling apart in two years? Sure. Is it possible that he’s the best shooting guard in the league two years from now? Absolutely. So let’s stop trying to throw in Wade being “finished” like it’s a fact. We’re talking two seasons from now, not five.

  2. cantonbound13 - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Awe… He doesn’t want to lose his boyfriend. How sweet.

    • bils293 - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      you sure you’re not a heat/lebron fan? you honestly click on every single article that has anything to do with lebron or the heat just to comment. sounds like there’s some infatuation going on

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        More like jealousy.

  3. stadix093 - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    I’m sure he had no problem talking about him joining the heat when he was a Cav. Damn you double standards.

  4. mcjon22 - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    If you were Lebron, would stick around with a guy who will be on a sharp decline in 2014? Sorry Wade, this will be a business decision. Remember, he took less to sign with Miami and he has stated many times his #1 goal in life is to become a billionaire. Lakers+Hollywood gets you a lot closer to that goal than Miami ever will.

    • phazezero - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      AND REMEMBER D-WADE TOOK LESS TO BRING HIM & BOSH TO MIAMI. LEBRON WILL STILL NECOME A BILLIONAIRE IRREGARDLESS TO WHERE HE PLAYS. SO WHY NOT BECOME ONE WHILE PLAYING FOR THE HEAT? AT LEAST WITH THE HEAT ORGANIZATION YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BEING STABBED ON THE BACK. THE HEAT ARE “FAMILY” AND THEY LOOK OUT FOR THEIR OEN UNLIKE THE LAKER ORGANIZATION.

      • beavertonsteve - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        DWADEDAWDEDWADENONOMNOMDHSJFMJEDDKVUYWJEBHFNDKCMSUFHVCMNDOELCKJREHSJYEJFLVELFPODUDRBCVEDSEFTGHLAKERS

        Sorry, but that’s basically what your typing in all caps ends up looking like.

      • 28loose - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        “Irregardless” is not a proper word. Use regardless.

      • cantonbound13 - Oct 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        This is the same organization that traded away Shaq after he won a title with them. The same organization that forced Stan Van Gundy to quit. The same organization that won’t offer a job to a bankrupt Antoine Walker after he was a key piece to a championship. Nice family!

  5. thenmoveback - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    After the heat win the next 2 championships Lebron won’t want to leave.

  6. bizzmoneyb - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    he is not going to LA. his contract does not end in 2014. all three of them- Wade, Bosh, and James have opt out clauses in 2014. all they will do is opt out to sign another 6 year deal. basically just adding an additional 4 years to their contract. if the Heat win the title this year again and maybe next, no way he leaves. he said when he got to Miami he wants to be part of a Dynasty. I wish he would just come out and say I will retire as a Heat player, put and end to this stupidity.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Just for the record, if LeBron opts out he can only sign a five year deal, not six. Also, if LeBron signs for five them Wade and Bosh can only sign for four. Those are the rules of the new CBA.

  7. dls612 - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Pat Riley convinced LeBron to take less money to join the Heat, so Lakers having cap space is not a big deal! if the Cavs would have given him a title LeBron wouldn’t be in a heat uniform! It was about opportunity not money! Guaranteed pat riley already a few steps ahead of any GM thats deciding to make a run at LeBron if and when he opt out or become a free agent. What ever LeBron decides to do Miami will not go empty handed pat is too smart for that!

  8. mrcuret - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Well, the interesting part it’s that he didn’t denied it, he just said he doesn’t worry about the rumors when he could’ve said that he wants to stay with the Heat or give them some reassurance that he wants to be there long term. I guess Miami better start getting ready for another episode of The Decision.

  9. cantonbound13 - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    The truth: wade is hurt the Lakers have no interest in him.

  10. lakerluver - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Let’s see: he can finish out his career with a broken down Wade, playing in front of a half-filled arena of bandwagon “fans” in Miami. Or, he can play with Dwight Howard, and another top free agent, in beautiful California in front of a packed, adoring Staples Center crowd and follow the legacy of the player he’s most similar to, Magic Johnson. Yep, Wade, nothing to worry about. It’s going to be a joy to see how these next few years unfold!!

    • dls612 - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Bandwagon fans! I’m almost certain Lakerluver woulda been a maverick fan if that trade for Kobe had gone down some years back!

    • cantonbound13 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Well said!

      • cantonbound13 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        All said to laker, not the bandwagon fan.

  11. florida727 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Wade annoyance is that he’s not included in any “future destinations” that reference LeBron.

  12. tomtravis76 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    If he leaves he leaves, he will have brought the Heat titles and lots of great basketball memories.

    It would be nice if he stayed in Miami, but LA would be a nice fit and you can’t forget about Brooklyn. Its just a matter of moving pieces and as we have seen in the league just about anything can be done to get a player on a team.

  13. lakerluver - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    @dis612
    I would’ve remained a fan of Kobe’s had he gone to another team but I’m a LAKERS fan first and foremost. I’ve been a LAKERS fan since 1979 because of Magic, who along with Kobe and James Worthy, are my favorite players. I was a fan through the Elden Campbell, Kwame Brown, Smush Parker days too.

    • cantonbound13 - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Don’t even bother responding to these bandwagon Heat fans that just started watching the NBA 2 years ago.

  14. deiong - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    “They need to leave my teammate alone with that, and go mess with somebody else,” Wade said. “He’s gonna be here. We’re straight.”

    like they left cleveland and the raptors alone, when the heat dont get another ring this year, itll be poetic justice when they fold and leave for another chance somewhere else, besides its not like there many morals in the group. history repeats itself..

  15. therealhtj - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    D Wade – U mad bro?

  16. Legacy112 - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Hey laker fans, there is still a team that has won more championships than you, yet boston is still not as annoying or as disrespectful. Thats why they are still the heats most worthy adversary. If you would just shut the hell up and stop living in the past we would all be grateful.

    I do remember magic, I do remember my favorite laker which was big game james. But I also remember how much you guys sucked in the 90′s. Then shaq and kobe came and saved your franchise from a 12 year recession of hardware. We respect you for sticking through that rough patch. You were awarded with 5 more championship. We only wish you would show the same courtesy for a struggling franchise that endured many years of heartache.

    Heat fans only started watching 2 years ago. Haha, so wrong you gotta laugh about it.

    Stop living in the past and show the champs a little respect. They have earned it.

    • therealhtj - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      For the love of everything Holy, did a Celtics fan just tell Lakers fans to stop living in the past? Really bro? Really?

    • spthegr8 - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      @legacy112
      I usually don’t talk basketball, with somebody who is as CLUELESS as you are…………But your IGNORANCE has caught my attention. Boston is not “as disrespectful”????? They are so respectful, that when the heat ended their season last year. 2 of their star players, just walked of the court without shaking anybody’s hand or congratulating them. Now that is CLASS!!!!!!!!! “Stop living in the past” Really??? Really??? Somehow I am reminded of that old saying, you know the one that say’s ” THAT’S THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK”!!! C’mon maaaaannnnnn Dude The MAJORITY of your championship’s are shown in black and white and your team SUCKED ROYALLY for over a decade & I hate to break it 2 you bro, but if you think that the OLD, WASHED UP bunch of loser’s you have in boston is gna challenge the heat for the eastern conf this year……. Your WAY more DELUSIONAL then I originally thought. Why don’t you go & put on some Bruce Springsteen ” GLORY DAY’S”. Breakout the old school projector and watch Bill Russell and Bob Cousy play. Feel free to log back in when reality set’s in. By the way, boston has 1 more championship then the laker’s do and TRUST me when I tell you…….. We will be tied by the middle of June!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LAKESHOW ALLDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. progress2011 - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Poor FAKE M.J. (aka kobe/ ball-hog/ harlem globetrotter/ And1 dude) He hasn’t even retired from mimicking another grown man, his entire career.

    Although his ability to copycat M.J. has diminished and he still wags his tongue, to attempt to further impersonate the Great Jordan……He still has not retired yet !

    BUT

    Faker fans near and far, are already prepared to move His FAKE Airness/ kobe out of the locker room and install a true BALLER/ Non-crybaby/ Non-impersonator / Non- Faker.

    His FAKE Airness is probably sobbing, reading posts about King James stepping on the Grass Snake, that was FAKING to be a deadly Black Mamba.

    Absolutely HILARIOUS how quickly Faker fans will turn on their own…..AHAHAHAHahahahaha

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