Friday, August 14th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  78 responses

Wade Says No to Knicks Well Before 2010

by Marcel Mutoni

The New York Knickerbockers’ epic summer of shopping, beginning on July 1, 2010, isn’t off to the most promising of starts. Dwyane Wade, one of the highly-prized free agents next year, has made it clear that he has no interest whatsoever in joining Gotham’s hoops team.

Wade, who’s in the New York area to shoot a movie, also expressed his desire to stay in Miami for a long time (regardless of his real estate dealings).

The NY Post and NY Times have the quotes:

“Not in my mind,” Wade said yesterday when asked if the Knicks and Nets had a shot at his services. “I’m not thinking about the Knicks or the Nets. Only when we play them.”

“I want to be in Miami, and I hope everything works out that way,” Wade said Thursday. “I want to be one of those players that stays with one franchise for his entire career…Next year will be a big year for myself and for the team, but the plan has always been to stay with the Heat, and that’s still the plan,” he said. “I think everything will work out.”’

This, of course, makes all the sense in the world. Miami can offer Wade the most money out of all the teams in the L, and their future looks a hell of a lot brighter than the mess they’ve created in New York.

I’d be surprised to learn that other big-time free agents aren’t thinking along the same lines as Wade.

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  • http://slamonline.com Parabola

    1st! Not surprising though. Why would u wanna leave Miami? U can make the most money, the weather, none of the b.s. from the media…can I get signed?

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Well on one hand , what’s he supposed to say? On the other hand who would want to play for the knicks at this point.

  • COLT6

    Miami has the hottest women in America. You kiddin’ me? I’d trade Jumpman shoes with D-Wade in a heartbeat.

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    Of course Wade wants to stay in Miami. There aren’t much better NBA cities to play in. People can’t actually believe that Dwyane would want to go to worse weather, a worse team, and get criticized for not doing well by the NY media. Dwyane just wants to bait the Heat into getting some good players. Can’t blame him there.

  • Paul

    Bryan–who would want to play for the Knicks at this point? Actually, probably more players than you think would want to play for them. They have an uptempo offense and a player friendly coach, and reputable anagement in Donnie Walsh–and despite the Knick trashing tha goes on, the team is actually looking like it has a bright future, and is no longer a, “mess”, as this moronic article states. They have a core of young talent and will be significantly under the cap in 2010. Also, Wade’s statement doesn’t at all indicate he won’t entertain offers from the Knicks or Nets next year. he was only giving the standard response to give the impression that he is focused on playing basketball and still loyal to the Heat. Any number of things can occur that can change his mind between now and next summer, so I wouldn’t put too much stock in what he, or Lebron, or any of these other guys say right now

  • tavoris

    no suprise here. NY is better served trying to develop the assets they already have, instead of putting all their money on a dream.

  • JLP

    I’ve just been to New York; I saw more people wearing Heat, Cavaliers and Boston jerseys then Knicks jerseys. I’m not sure if the New Yorkers themselves even believe the Knicks will ever play some good basketball again. Why would Wade even consider going there? Just one reason?

  • Richie

    The Knicks arent in bad shape at the moment; at least they have a plan even if that plan is to rebuild and get under the cap. Better than the last couple seasons where money was being thrown at almost anyone without any rhyme or reason. Honestly I dont see any of these big names signing with the Knicks next summer.

  • Paul

    JLP–You were in NYC, so of course you saw a variety of jerseys. but that doesn’t indicate any lack of enthusiasm for the Knicks. Sure, there has been a downturn in interest and excitement about the team, given teh run of bad seasons, but I went to a couple of games last season at MSG and the place seems to be starting to get it’s energy back. They had a losing season, but there is finally things to be excited about again

  • Jeff

    The knicks aren’t in that bad of shape? You do realize they are bound to contracts with Eddy Curry and could lose the only player worth keeping around David Lee. This franchise is sad, and I would be shocked if any big player went there next season.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    How fitting, a McDavid Hexpad advertising on the side for this thread. haha

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Whether you folks like it or not, the Nets’ roster at this point looks better than the Knicks, with all the young talent the Nets have in Lopez, Harris, CDR, Williams and Lee (who is rumored to still be shocked by the trade), they look good on paper. The harsh reality is that the Nets are a team without a home, without a fanbase, and who knows, between now and October, possibly a team without a feature.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    *future (I’m dumb)

  • Paul

    Jeff–you don’t know what you’re talking about. even with Curry’s contratc (and Jefferies) the Knicks will still be significantly under the cap in 2010. Also, Lee is not their only player worth keeping. Wil Chandler is proving to be a pretty good player, and there is reason to be excited about Gallinari, who in the limited time he played last season, he showed flashes of being a great player–and he was still hurt while doing it. This years draft choice–jordan hill–has big upside and star potential, and Lee is running out of options and may have to resign with teh Knicks, wither for a short term deal, or for the 7 or 8 million per the knicks are offering in a multi-year deal. I suspect he will resign in the end. Not only that, it is possible Walsh can shed the Knicks of Curry and/or Jefferies contracts, giving them even more money to work with in 2010. But the bottom line is that in a year, the knicks will be under the cap, and therefore have much more flexibility and bargaining power for both free agency and trading. They aren’t doing so bad now relative to where they were just one year ago.

  • Paul

    Also, keep in mind that just a couole of seasons ago, Curry was a pretty good offensive center in this league,and he has been working hard to get back to playing shape. He’s apparently lost a bunch of weight and is motivated like no other time in his career–so, there is teh possibility that Curry becomes a pretty good player in teh D’Antoni system, and then can either be kept, or will make him and his contract more tradeable. This is something people are overlooking, because they just assume he will still suck

  • Brian

    Miami has hotter women than NY????

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    Brian: Eh… it’s… close… but as a person who has lived in NYC and been to Miami multiple occassions, I can say New York City women are trendier and know what clothing and makeup to wear to make them look gorgeous… while Miami women don’t do all that stuff and still look fine. There’s yer answer.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276 chiqo

    yes, i want to stay with my current team. hell no i won’t sign that extension.


    Miami women are hotter???? Sorry, but thats a joke. Unless you fake tits are your thing. NYC women are real, beautiful, and many of them actually have brains. I would say Miami women are “trendier”/ follow the crowd whereas NY girls have more of their own style.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I disagree. The way they’re treating their current best two players in hopes of landing a superstar in their place speaks volumes about the orginization and I think players are paying attention.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    It would be hilarious if NY ends up with guys like Rudy Gay or Rondo. The NY-driven media is VASTLY overrating the NY appeal from a basketball point of view. Wade will stay in MIA unless Chicago makes some serious wheeling and dealing. Bron is not going anywhere either, there are really no other options for him at this point. NY is terrible and NJ is not moving to BK anytime soon.

  • tavoris

    why are ya’ll discussing the women in NYC and Miami? Wade has GABRIELLE UNION? There aren’t many hotter than she

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    he does have star jones too. he takes the L for that one.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Jordan hill has star potential? Really?

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    NYFORLIFE: Dude… I’m a Manhattan boy, for life. Miami women are f*cking beautiful, it’s hard to deny

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I’ve never been to miami but I live in florida and all these girls here are idiots. Which makes them less hot.

  • izzo

    Canadian girls, that is all.

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    Bryan: if we’re adding smarts to the equation, Miami girls are pretty ugly

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    you live in FL but have never been to MIA. what?!

  • Paul

    Bryan–sure Hill has star potential. He is the number 8 pick and some projected him going earlier than that. The key word is potential. If I had said, “Jordan Hill is a star…”, then your reaction would have been understandable, but I think, isnce he hasn’t even played a regular season game yet and he is a lottery pick, that it is safe to expect he has star potential. As for how they are treating Lee and Robinson, I think you are reading into that too much, in the sense that other players are paying attention to it. I don’t think so. NBA players largely understand the business end of the sport as it relates to restricted free agency and the cap. The situation with Lee isn’t personal and has everything to do with the Knicks trying to maintain enough cap space for next season. That is the smart thing for Walsh to do and he is doing it, and would be criticized for not doing so. But, I highly doubt the situation with Lee will detract players from signing with the Knicks if they have the money to offer and the on court ingredients a given player is looking for. See, my think is that I think everyone needs to wait and see how this season plays out for the Knicks. If they can be competitive and generate some excitement, I think players would be willing to sign.

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    Z: Florida is pretty damn large, bro, if you live up north or even pretty deep south, it’s not an easy trip. I know a bunch of people up here in Rochester (pretty damn far upstate NY) that have NEVER been to the city. To me that’s crazy, but it’s freaking eight hours away.

  • Matt

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahaha. I could just see the faces on all those knick fans when not a single 2010 free agent sighns with them

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    NOOOOO!!! Pat Riley put him up to it, I bet! Dammit Pat!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Wade’s just saying that though. I haven’t seen Wade sign any extensions or new contracts, have I? That’s what I thought, Pat. That’s what I thought.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Yeah I’m way north between tallahassee and pensacola I have no interest in making a trip any further south than gainesville

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Jukai, where you from in Manhattan?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    If you don’t wanna say, don’t answer.

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    Teddy: Never actually lived in Manhattan dude, just all around it. Brooklyn born, I’ve lived in Brighton, and Queens, and Long Island. Trust me when I say Manhattan was my life on the weekend.
    Most of my earlier childhood was spent in Boston though, which left me quite confused, lemme tell ya.

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    Haha, you gave me nine minutes to respond, I was getting there. Right now I live in Henrietta right out of Rochester (45 minutes next to Buffalo) so I’m far away from the city right now.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Bk represent!

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    Jukai is right. I’m from near Plattsburgh NY and I have never been to NYC. The misleading thing is the two places might as well be in different states. They are extremely different.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Ah, cool dude. Manhattan is where its at.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I don’t live there anymore though. I’m a Canadian New Yorker, if you will…

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    CDef28 knows it. Think of Northern and Southern cali and the differences between them… if San Fransisco and Los Angeles should be the capitals of two separate states, Albany and Manhattan should be the same.
    If I’m correct, isn’t Plattsburgh like, really pushed up north? I think that’s as far away from me as it is the city.

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    Yeah it is Jukai. I lived in Naples FL after that and now I’m in Knoxville TN. As far as I’m concerned even Naples and Miami are different in a lot of ways. Teddy where in Canada are you from?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Alberta right now. I’m still a Manhattan dude in heart though lol.

  • Josh D

    Donnie Walsh is pissing himself right now the Knicks r gonna end up with no big star from 2010 and they’ll be trash 4 another 5 years or so

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Are you a russian mobster jukai?

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    Bryan: If I told you I’d have to kill you

  • Clipp Show 714

    Nobody wants to play for the Knicks. Just ask D. Lee

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    LeBron is thinking along the same lines, he’s just holding it in. That’s my prediction. We’ll see if I’m right later.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LeBron has a better shot at playing for the Knicks than D Wade. His hometown ain’t MJ-land.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Plattsburgh is like a suburb of Montreal.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I don’t believe anything an athlete/coach/agent/owner says about future plans.

  • vmcb

    I don’t know why New York is referred to as Gotham, since Batman’s Gotham borrows more from Chicago than New York. Unless there’s some other meaning here that I’m missing.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I hope he stays with Miami… Knicks seem to try to cut corners while in rebuilding phase.. I want to root for them, just dont have much to cheer for.. I understand the media and fans are impatient and want a good team yesterday, but every team goes through growing pains..

  • LA Huey

    I don’t see much of a reason for Wade to leave South Beach for NYC. I guess he’d make more potentially in endorsements but basketball-wise, Miami looks better than NYC. Plus, the Heat can pay more, better weather, no income taxes in Florida, ….and the womenz.

    vmcb: Yeah, I thought it was especially clear in Dark Knight that Gotham is Chi-town.

  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    He might change his mind when the Heat don’t even make the playoffs next year. The Heat really need to get a big man playing with him. There is no way he can win a championship by himself. If he only cares about money, then who cares, but if he wants another ring, he might want to consider another team.

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven deuce

    HAHAHA knicks, how the might have fallen.

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  • ern

    i understand what you saying ShoeNut but if D-wade wants a another team to win a chip it sure as hell isnt da KNICkeRbOcKErS

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Huey: Gotham is actually New York City. The movie Dark Knight was shot in Chicago, though.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Well the Eagles said no to Vick well before they signed him too…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    So wayno change your name to WadeNo(in 2010).

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    I don’t see how New York’s team is a mess, though. Sure, they lack star power, but this team has a lot more to believe in and play for than the Knicks of a season or two ago.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Ha! loved the comments here. especially the hotness discussion. And Juk’s (nearly) the nail on the head with his first answer. NYC ladies are more into the fashion (sure, they have seasons in their city) but Miami ladies seem to take a more, ummm, liberal view on clothing items…. i’m in the NY camp, wayyyyy hotter when a girls got brains too.

  • Sean C

    like i said earlier, wade if he leaves the heat, he will go to a championship contender.

  • tom

    wade and bron in the ny. it would be the greatest franchise since bill russels celts!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    tom, there could be a chance that those two megastars together wouldn’t work out. Just think about how many shots a night both of these guys take and need to take.

  • http://www.tagged.com/edilvia4sho viaaa

    CHICAGO.. would be nice

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Wade and Bron on the Knicks with Mike D’Antoni would be the funnest freaking Team to watch EVER.

  • stevie

    thank God he’s staying

  • Basketball Jones

    I’m just glad that there’s still some loyalty left in the L.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Shawn Marion is a contract slut

  • chintao

    Gotham is definitely New York. Metropolis is supposed to be Chicago.

  • chintao

    Paul sounds like a Cablevision plant. Ease back, son. I thought that message board manipulation was only supposed to happen in China. As someone who has been a Knick fan for the past 30 years, I can say that I honestly do not see how the team can be a playoff squad in the foreseeable future. D’Antoni is player-friendly? I bet Stephon would not agree with that assessment. The Knicks are hot garbage, and they will remain hot garbage until the front office and the coach get some act-right.

  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    I just watched the video above. Jordan still has the best fade-away ever! Good clip. He schooled that kid.