We are five days into the 2010 NBA free agency bonanza and its been exciting to say the least. Rumors have been swirling and the media has been capitalizing on all the "reports" that are being released from "legitimate sources."
However, only one major free agent has signed and that is Amar'e Stoudemire, who bolted from the Suns for the Big Apple to start the rebuilding process for the New York Knicks.
Over the last couple of days, there have been numerous reports that the Miami Heat's own superstar, Dwyane Wade, is seriously considering leaving the only team he's played for in his NBA career to join his hometown Chicago Bulls.
But, how true are these rumors? It does make sense that he would want to play for the Bulls, considering his ex-wife, two kids, and mother all live in Chicago, and that they already have a great foundation with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah as their building blocks.
Still, Wade is a loyal guy and before pen hits paper, Miami is still the leading candidate to retain his services.
Here are the top 10 reasons why Dwyane Wade will stay in a Miami Heat uniform.
Regardless of all these reports that Wade has taken a second meeting with the Bulls and that he is "leaning" towards Chicago, MV3 is a very loyal person.
He has been quoted numerous times saying that loyalty is a big factor in his decision, and that he loves Miami. He has said that he loves the Heat family and doesn't want to leave as long as they can put a contending team around him.
The Heat have been loyal to him and brought him a championship in just the third year of his career and they are making every effort to bring him another one.
The Heat have a huge advantage in re-signing Dwyane Wade and that is because of the genius of Pat Riley.
Riley has shown over and over again in his tenure with Miami that he can put together championship contending teams.
While the organization only has one title in their history, they have always been competitive with Riley at the helm. In the late 90s, they were a championship-caliber team with Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, but just never caught the breaks they needed. From 2004 to 2006, they were a championship-caliber team and they brought home a trophy.
Riley has proven that he can build winners and he has been planning for this free agency for years now. Riley must have some sort of back-up plan or trick up his sleeve that will bring Wade back, as well as another top tier free agent.
Riley will not let Dwyane Wade leave the Miami Heat organization.
Although the Knicks have signed Stoudemire and Cleveland and Chicago are rumored to be the front-runners for LeBron James, Miami still has the most money in the league to spend.
There is no way that Riley and the Heat will let their $44 million in cap room go to waste. Regardless if its Chris Bosh or Carlos Boozer, the Heat will use their cap space wisely.
With the amount of money they have to spend, they will be able to lure a top-tier free agent to play alongside Wade.
The Miami Heat are known around the NBA as one of the classiest organizations. They care for their players and preach family. They honor their players after they retire and keep them with the team (Alonzo Mourning).
Dwyane Wade knows this and respects this, which is a major reason why he will re-sign.
The fact of the matter is South Beach is a major hot spot. Although Chicago is where Wade is from, Miami is where he has spent the last seven years of his life.
He has seen and experienced the glamor of South Beach and knows it is a major market. He also knows South Beach is an easy selling point to free agents that are looking to potentially play for the Heat.
Wade can go to a freezing city or he could stay in the beautiful, sunny, exciting environment of South Beach.
Not one team with a star free agent has done as much as the Miami Heat to retain their superstar.
Miami-Dade county went as far as to rename the entire county to Miami-Wade county for the first week of the free agency period. Not only is that respectful, that is just downright over the top.
Dwyane Wade has an entire city, one of the largest and most popular cities in the United States of America, named after him right now. He can see how much the city and the Heat organization value him and care about him.
Can Wade really leave a place that renamed their city after him in order to retain him?
The Miami Heat are all about family and so is Dwyane Wade. Pat Riley has been quoted plenty of times saying that one of the organization's primary values is family.
Back in 2006, when the Heat won the championship, "15 strong" was preached throughout the playoffs and the main thing behind that was family and sticking together. Throughout Wade's career, he has seen how the Heat organization cares about family.
From honoring Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway by retiring their jerseys to making 'Zo a consultant with the team, the Heat truly care about their players and employees.
They are known for showing up to all team functions, such as the players' children's birthdays or charity events. Wade has seen this and respects that about the organization.
Wade was even quoted saying that he questions Chicago's loyalty to their players, since big names like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are not involved with the team anymore.
Out of all the marquee names from the 2003 draft class, Dwyane Wade is the only one with a ring. Wade has created a name for himself in Miami and cemented his place in history by winning a championship in 2006.
Not to mention, he was the Finals MVP back in 2006. He tasted success early on his career, which is why he so hungry to experience it again. And the Heat are dedicated to bringing Miami back to championship contention in this year's free agency.
Wade has seen that Riley can put a contender around him and he has to know that he could pull it off again. Either way, Wade won a championship here, which makes it more likely he will resign.
He will look to his draft classmates, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who have had competitive teams over the last five years, but still haven't won a ring.
Contrary to popular belief, the Miami Heat do have a good starting point to build around and that is Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers. While I understand that Beasley and Chalmers are not Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, they are still two very solid players.
Regardless of what people say, Beasley is still very good. How is someone that averages 15 points and six boards, as well as being your second leading scorer, not good?
He gets highly criticized because of his lack of defense and immaturity issues, but in reality, it is because people are comparing him to Rose.
Beasley was the second overall pick for a reason and, while he may not be on the same level as Rose, he has a bright future ahead of him.
Chalmers took a step back in his sophomore season, but at less than a million per year, he is well worth it. He will be a reliable back-up point guard and could be valuable on a championship-contending team.
In addition, Miami is the favorite to re-sign Udonis Haslem and Dorrell Wright, meaning they have a solid four players just to start with. If they can re-sign Wade, as well as bring in a Chris Bosh or Carlos Boozer, they will be more than set. Wade, Bosh, Haslem, and Beasley is a title-worthy team.
Simply stated, Miami is where Wade's heart lies. He has even publicly stated that Miami is where his heart is at.
This goes back to Wade's loyalty and his history with the team. Regardless of his ties to Chicago, Wade's heart is and will always be in Miami. He has had an illustrious seven-year career with the team that already includes a championship and that will only continue once he re-signs.