Welcome to Miami—Wade County, But Will Wade Remain a Heat?
The county will officially be known as "Miami-Wade County" during the week of July 1 through July 7, ringing in the start of the NBA free agency.
Normally, I would feel that this is pointless but the organization, with the support of the county is looking to hook the seven-year veteran to continue playing for the Heat.
The resolution that was passed shows how desperate the city and county is to keep its most famous current athlete in Miami.
Wade has made it public that he does not want to leave Miami, but if nothing is done to provide a better supporting cast and a competitive team, the Chicago native will look elsewhere once he becomes a free agent on July 1.
"It's going to be fit with me first," Wade told ESPN.com's J.A. Adande. "I've made that very clear. Do I want to leave? Nope. Mmm-hmm. I want to be in Miami. That's where it starts."
It is obvious that Wade has been frustrated with the Heat since the team won the NBA Finals in 2006.
In the four seasons after Miami won its first NBA championship, the Heat have not advanced past the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs three out of the four years.
The 2007-08 season saw Miami finish with 15-67 record, missing the playoffs for the first time since Wade has been a Heat.
Wade is looking for help to bring the team back up. Not one player, no matter how single-handedly talented they are, can do it all.
But James, has not been able to win a championship. In James' fourth season, the Cavaliers made it to the NBA Finals, losing a four-game sweep to the San Antonio Spurs.
With a lack of role players, James had led the Cavs to an NBA Final appearance, two conference final appearances and has played in three Eastern Conference semifinals' series.
Even with all of the success he has brought to Cleveland, James has not been able to win the big one, falling shy each time.
Wade has expressed one simple goal to keep him happy and in Miami: get him help.
"It's about who can come to Miami, it's about who do you trust, who can fit the organization, who best fits you as a player, things of that nature," said Wade.
The Heat can create a website begging No.3 to stay.
The county can rename itself after Wade.
But unless Miami makes through with the promise of a better team on the court, all of these ploys are pointless.
At the end of the day, the ball is in the Heat's court if it wants to keep its all-star guard.
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