x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Miami are getting hot waiting for Wade's decision

His appearance at a news conference in South Florida is postponed, leaving the Heat on edge about the possibility of losing him to another team.

MIAMI // Dwyane Wade is not ready to give any answers, so he decided not to take any questions. His appearance at a news conference yesterday in South Florida was postponed, the latest chapter in a free agency saga that has the Miami Heat on edge about the possibility of losing him to another team. Wade's youth basketball camp started yesterday, and the planned itinerary included a question-and-answer session alongside Alonzo Mourning about a charity weekend they will headline in South Florida later this month. Shortly after midnight, officials for the charity event said the news conference would be rescheduled.

Wade and camp officials reportedly had concerns that free agency would be the only matter discussed. About 150 Heat employees showed up in a caravan of four buses at the camp at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, just north of Miami. They formed a semicircle around the front entrance, most wearing Wade shirts and jerseys. When Wade came down the stairs and saw the group waiting for him, he broke into a wide smile, then walked through the front door with both hands raised as the employee chanted: "We want Wade! We want Wade!"

"I see I can't get rid of you all," Wade told the group. A free agent for the first time, Wade is torn between staying in Miami and playing elsewhere, most likely Chicago. He has had at least two conversations with the Bulls, and has met with the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets. He has also talked with the Heat, and he met with Micky Arison, the owner, yesterday, a few hours after arriving back in Miami for the first time since free agency began.

Wade and Chris Bosh, another high-profile free agent, are both represented by Henry Thomas, a Chicago-based agent. "They want to feel like they have evaluated everything about each situation," Thomas wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "It is fair to say, that the decision for both has been harder than either imagined. * AP