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Wade on being a factor in LeBron’s decision whether or not to stay in Miami: ‘Just don’t solely put it on me’

May 28, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

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The current version of the Miami Heat were wisely constructed in more ways than one.

Not only was the teaming of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh a successful one in terms of winning NBA championships, but it also was done with a finite lifespan in mind, in order to give the franchise as much future flexibility as possible in order to rebuild, should the trio of All-Stars choose to terminate their deals this summer and go elsewhere in free agency.

Right now, in the middle of a run that seems destined to reach a fourth straight Finals if nothing else, it would appear unlikely that any of those three players would be interested in breaking things up at the end of this season. But it remains a possibility, and Wade doesn’t want the pressure to be all on him when it comes time for LeBron in particular to make yet another very important decision.

From Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

The dynamic James-Wade combination looks fantastic again, Wade’s performance not only has implications for Miami now, it could have consequences on Miami’s future even though Wade said he is not singularly responsible for James’ decision this summer.

But truth is, when James looks at his options and tries to determine which team has the best shot of winning a championship next season and beyond, a healthy Wade makes the Heat’s chances of keeping James.

“Just don’t solely put it on me,” Wade said, laughing. “That’s what I’m saying. Don’t put the X on me. … There’s a lot that goes into, so just don’t say, ‘If Dwyane Wade doesn’t have the year that we’re accustomed to, it’s over.’ “

Wade’s health and effectiveness will certainly be a factor in what LeBron chooses to do, but it’s unlikely to be the deciding one. His relationship with head coach Erik Spoelstra and team president Pat Riley, the stability that provides and the plush lifestyle of the Miami market will all be much tougher to say goodbye to than a teammate with a declining skill set, who could eventually be replaced.

  1. jasper36 - May 28, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Wades health is declining, but we all know Lebron wouldn’t be in Miami if it wasn’t for him.

  2. jzone954 - May 28, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Lebrons opting in with his final two years.

  3. seattlesuperchronic - May 28, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Let the jibber jabber begin. No one knows nothin.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - May 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    There’s never going to be a “healthy Wade” again.
    I’d say Bosh is a more important factor for LBJ, he needs someone he can count on to lighten the load.

  5. stl333 - May 28, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    ‘Just don’t put it solely on me’
    Along with all the credit for the rings Wade has won. What a chump.

  6. sportsfan18 - May 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Time for Riles to get a young stud to begin taking a lot of the load…

    Kind of like Kawhi Leonard on the Spurs. They still have Duncan, Parker and Manu… but this Kawhi kid is young, energetic, fresh legs and the future (well, a part of it I mean).

    Riles needs to get his version of Kawhi on the Heat…

  7. csbanter - May 29, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Wade is on a slow-medium decline. Lebron plays too many minutes, and unless Miami retools regardless if they win this year or not, The King will burn out ala Kobe. Lebron has logged a lot of NBA miles on his body and he’s approaching 30.

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