Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  24 responses

Jay-Z Won’t Affect Dwyane Wade’s Free Agency

Despite mentioning him in the hit song “Empire State of Mind” (in a cocaine reference, no less), D-Wade assures the Miami Herald that Jay won’t have any say in what he decides to do this summer: “Although Jay Z’s reference in the song fell well short of violating tampering rules, Wade embraced the shout-out. In the song, Jay Z raps: ‘Me, I gotta plug [rapper] Special Ed. I Got It Made. If (rapper) Jeezy’s paying LeBron [James], I’m paying Dwyane Wade.’ ‘With Jay, there’s no telling what he meant,’ Wade said when asked about the song. ‘But just to be mentioned in a song that great — because Jay’s one of the greatest who ever did it — it’s really big.’ Wade has maintained at every potential NBA recruiting stop that he prefers to re-sign with Miami. But that hasn’t stopped the speculation, expected during the Heat’s three-day stay in Wade’s hometown for Thursday’s game against Chicago. ‘I’ll talk to people I need to before making a decision,’ Wade said recently. ‘I don’t know if Jay is one of them.”’

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  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    Interesting … not

  • Nigel

    He didnt’ really mention him in that line. He was just refering to his number (3) to describe how much he’s paying.

  • LA Huey

    But Dwyane, “These lights will inspire you”

  • underdog

    Funniest headline of the day!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7_96aJoIGo Starbury

    yeah, pity Jay-Z owns New Joisey and not New York though..but hey, i heard Al Harrington said he’d like to play there.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Do you fools watch Nets games or do you just skim through it?

  • MikeC.

    Tomorrow’s headline “MikeC. Also Won’t Affect Dwyane Wade’s Free Agency”

  • MikeC.

    @Anton – not even Nets players watch Nets games.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Jay-Z wont influence Wade, But Beyonce will.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Nigel’s right, by the way.

  • AM

    Yeah Nigel is right, it’s the wicked deal Jay’s getting on his coke.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    I wonder if once free agency starts would D-Wade pay anymore attention to a call from Jay-Z than any other owner. It’s not like Jay-Z owns much of the team but in many ways he’s a rap icon that a lot of players relate to. So thoughs personal relationships could have an influence. LBJ is friends with Jay-Z so there is no telling what types of conversations these guys have behind closed doors. Not a lot of owners have such simple or casual relationships with players that they could potentially use. Similarly, MJ may have additional pull with some players as an owner just because who he is.

  • Dfrance

    Dag when Jeezy go from 17.5 to 23?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    When I first heard those lyrics I thought he was trying to recruit Wade but hes not and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Nets landed LeBron because Bron and Jay are like best budies and they are both rumored to be free masons.

  • cramzy

    Come on Dwade…u know what that line meant son!

  • slamadayear

    Pardeep: LeBron probably won’t go to the Nets ’cause he’ll still be sulking at their booing in that one game. I hope Wade stays in Miami and attracts someone else like Bosh or Amar’e, the Heat would be contenders again.

  • nbajam

    Somehow I don’t think “I’m paying Gerald Wallace” has the same ring to it, lol.

  • T-Money

    Love how D-Wade pretends he doesn’t know what Jay is talking about to the M-H. He would have been more candid with, say, XXL.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Jay-Z is one of the most overrated rappers of all time. Reasonable Doubt, the Black Album, and to a lesser extent The Blueprint were his only really good albums… And the Blueprint is pretty overrated itself.

  • uifunk

    Jay is overrated? Christ, LISTEN to some of his music first. SMDH

  • zach

    Carmelo Anthony to the KNICKS in 2011!!!

  • http://www.hoopistani.com Hoopistani

    one of my fav lines: “if jeezy’s payin lebron i’m payin dwyane wade!!”

  • http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3445/3357407353_c868c2d95c.jpg larrylegend

    HOVA, BABY!!!

  • Colindo504

    Jeezy said he pays Kobe 24/ Lebron 23 and Here comes Jay-Z with D Wade 6 WOW either he’s lying or he was on some real frank lucas type stuff…Jay and that Russian Billionaire needs everybody for them Nets tho LB & DWade cuz they are just terrible!!