LeBron James Notes Unclear Future in Birthday Message to Dwyane Wade

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 18: Dwyane Wade #3 and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat on court against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena on December 18, 2013 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Ben LeibowitzCorrespondent IIIJanuary 17, 2014

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James posted a picture collage of himself and Dwyane Wade to Wade's Instagram account for his teammate's 32nd birthday on Friday. In the attached message, James recognizes the uncertainty of their future in South Beach.

I came to Miami for 2 reasons. To play with U and to win championships and I can’t thank u enough for the sacrifice you’ve made since I arrived homie! No matter what happens in the future we stuck together like brothers for life.

James also wrote about their friendship, which dates back to NBA predraft camp in 2003—before LBJ was selected No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers and D-Wade was picked by Miami at No. 5:

Happy Bday to my running mate, homie, brother, and most of all straight up friend! The friendship we've created our rookie year at pre draft camp was pure and that's why we stuck together from that point on! Obviously didn't know we would eventually become teammates and do the things we've done so far.

He ended with some light-hearted jabs:

And no matter what they say, u still a BAD Mutha-Shut-Yo-Mouth out there on that court! @dwyanewade. Oh almost forgot u old as dirt! Boy you look 40. Hahaha!#TreyBallBDay #YouASuckaOnYoBDay

James, Wade and fellow Big Three member Chris Bosh can all opt out of their contracts for the 2014-15 season via early termination options.

Per ESPN.com’s Michael Wallace, “James has declined to address his potential free agency since the opening day of training camp in October.”

Wallace also addressed speculation that the Cavaliers may try to bring the Ohio native back, but James hasn’t provided any hints regarding his basketball future beyond 2013-14.

The Heat hold the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 27-11 record (four games behind the top-seeded Indiana Pacers). They’ve sputtered lately by losing three straight and posting a 5-5 record in their past 10 contests.

The now-32-year-old Wade has missed nine games this season (mostly in back-to-back scenarios) in order to rest his ailing knees for another championship run.

Miami’s ultimate goal this season is to win another title en route to a three-peat, but it’s anyone’s guess where James, Wade and even Bosh will end up next summer.

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