Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade's European Exodus Plan Nothing More Than a Bluff

James Bondman@@james_bondmanCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2011

Heat guard Dwyane Wade has missed 109 regular season games in his eight NBA seasons.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade has missed 109 regular season games in his eight NBA seasons.Chris Chambers/Getty Images

Days after New Jersey Nets star point guard Deron Williams announced he would explore the serious possibility of playing in Turkey later this year, Heat guard Dwyane Wade told the Associated Press he would also consider the playing in Europe if the NBA lockout drags into the regular season. 

Regarding the radical idea, Wade told The AP: 

“If there’s an opportunity there, I’d consider it. Our season just ended. I've got awhile before I start thinking about that. I’ll leave it up to the powers that be, the people behind the scenes, to worry about that.”

Certainly, Wade doesn't sound 100 percent committed just yet to the novel idea of taking his talents to Euro, but should he really be taken seriously?

After all, the Miami Heat are in more pressing situation than perhaps any other team in the league when it comes to winning a championship. 

Would Wade risk the chance at an injury knowing a lockout could be lifted, and his team would miss him at a time where they need him the most? 

Yes, injuries can happen to anyone at anytime and anyplace but the case is different for Wade because he is the fragile China in the room amongst these other superstars pondering the same possibility. 

Eight seasons into his NBA career and Wade has already missed a season's worth of games and a quarter of another. Through the 2010-11 season, the tally stands at 109 games missed in the regular season in his career. 

On the other hand, his teammate LeBron James has only missed 29 games in his career, and while it shouldn't be surprising if he decided to play aboard, he certainly has a clean bill of health to do so. 

This past season alone, Dwyane Wade had a run of 97 total games (including playoffs) whereas his 2006 championship run included 99 total games. Not much of a difference, but when you consider the fallout of such extensive wear and tear, Wade's injury troubles began shortly thereafter. 

He only played a combined 106 games (including playoffs) between the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons due to shoulder and knee injuries. 

Of course, such thing as insurance exists out there for Wade to take chance and get himself in game shape, but the bottom line is Wade is better off getting rest after what really was his most grueling season yet. 

At the end of the day, the stakes are too high for this team to gamble by wanting to have a little fun in Europe or China for a few months.

In fact, they are much better off following the lead of some of the NFL players in their lockout like quarterback Drew Brees and hold practices with less injury risk than just throwing away a chance at their first ring by playing overseas. 

With that all said, is Wade serious about this? If this gets to the point where the NBA season is lost, then you can take him for his word. But for now, Wade might just be playing into what could be a ploy by the players to force the owners to get back to the negotiating table sooner rather than later.