Simply put, Dwyane Wade is the the heart and soul of the Miami Heat and one of the most skilled players in the league. He wants to keep himself at that level, and with the upcoming season on the verge of being canceled, Wade could turn to the seemingly greener pastures across the Atlantic.
I think that's a terrible idea.
Lets take a look at the list of players who have already signed overseas and if you think any of those guys are even half the player that Wade is, you got another thing coming. No real superstars of Wade's caliber are thinking about playing overseas and he shouldn't either. Kevin Durant, the reigning NBA scoring champ seems to be having tons of fun in Rucker Park and not even thinking about going international.
If Wade wants to keep up his game in the event of a full season cancellation he can do it playing at home or with other stars in the country. Running away to an international team will only hurt his career and, even worse, put him in the company of such players as Sonny Weems and Timofey Mozgov (yikes).
Here's something else to think about. The Heat didn't live up to their own high expectations last year, even though they came within two wins of an NBA championship. Wade, as the undisputed leader of his team could use the next year to help gel the team together and work on how they play off of each other.
Should he stay or should he go?
Wade needs to take a different outlook to this lockout: he needs to worry about his own team before running to join another. Wade could help LeBron figure out his role on the club and whether he should be driving to the hoop or taking the outside shot. He could help Bosh grow in his position of the third option and post-help defender. Most importantly, Wade could help train Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Dexter Pittman into the young key role players that Miami desperately needs to become a championship team.
In short, Wade needs to take care of family business before he even thinks about heading overseas.
This Heat team desperately needs an opportunity like this and should be hoping for as much as possible to work together to overcome their Finals loss from this past season. Basketball is a game that involves tremendous skill to win, but it also requires just as much teamwork.
Finally, Wade can take the time to work on his own game. He finished the season fourth in the NBA in points per game with 25.5—only 0.1 behind Carmelo Anthony. If Wade can work on his game and elevate it to another level, he and LeBron will become an unstoppable duo. Wade is capable of reaching 27 or even 30 points per game over the course of a season and perfecting his skills to allow that to happen next season is something that will only benefit the Heat.
Wade is better than those players who have already chosen to play overseas, and he has plenty to work on at home in South Beach. Signing with an international team could not be a worse idea for him especially because of how much he could help the Heat to improve if he stays put. The grass isn't always greener on the other side, especially when Wade needs to be working on his own roots in Miami.