Dwyane Wade has 23.8 million reasons to show up to Chicago Bulls training camp on Sept. 25.
So when he told Chicago Tribune writer K.C. Johnson that “the only thing I’ll say is right now my plan is to be in training camp” there wasn’t a need for a double take.
Wade elaborated on his future in another recent interview with NBA.com reporter David Aldridge. Aldridge didn’t hold back, beginning his question set on Wade’s future by asking what team Wade would be playing for in November and whether or not he had a team preference.
Wade dodged the question expertly, but did say that he wants to play for a team that gives him an opportunity to win a championship.
“Obviously everybody wants to compete. It’s no secret that we all love to compete for a championship at the end of [our] careers. It’s something that I would love to do. I’m not in position right now to do that right now so I can’t talk about what that [team] preference is. Hopefully, one day before I get done playing this game I can be back in a position where I get to compete for a championship.”
Wade also confirmed previous reports that he and the Chicago Bulls haven’t spoken about the details of a buyout yet.
“What’s funny is I haven’t said anything. There’s a reason for that. I’m not about the going back and forth and a lot of people make it that way. When the time is right for me and the Chicago Bulls organization to sit down and talk about the future we will do that. The time hasn’t been right obviously to this point. But, I’ll be in Chicago soon enough and hopefully we get an opportunity to sit down and talk about the future and the direction and go from there.”
Wade received the Mannie Jackson Human Spirt Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this week.