Dwyane Wade Says Miami Heat Shooting for a Three-Peat

by June 25, 2013

After next season, the focus will shift to the contracts of the Miami Heat’s Big Three, which they can all opt out of. For now, though, Dwyane Wade says the aim is winning a third straight NBA championship. Per the Miami Herald: “LeBron James — who, like teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, can opt out of contracts and become free agents in the summer of 2014 — was noncommittal when asked about that topic by CNN. ‘I don’t know, because I haven’t really even thought about it,’ James said in an interview that aired Monday. ‘So when that moment comes up, I will approach it, like a professional, and we’ll see what happens.’ […] Bosh said recently he wants to spend the rest of his career here. And Wade said Monday he will probably be in Miami ‘for the rest of my life, in this amazing city.’ […] Wade spoke Monday and said the three players have not discussed their long-term plans, ‘just like we never even envisioned we would play together until free agency came about, and it became a reality. Now, we’re in the middle of this great, historic team and run and we’re enjoying it and you don’t want it to come to an end. But you can’t think about the future. When that time comes after next season, when we have to sit down and talk about the futures and what direction they’re going in, hopefully they’re all going in the same direction. We’ll do what we did in 2010 — sit down as men and talk about it.’ An associate of James said he would make Miami the strong favorite to retain him in 2014, with Cleveland potentially also drawing some consideration. But the associate also cautioned that a year before free agency in 2010, nobody would have made the Heat the front-runner. […] ‘Magic Johnson has five rings, and he never won three in a row,’ Wade said. ‘That shows how tough it is. We’re going to be back next year hungry again to try to place ourselves in history. Winning back-to-backs is special; winning back to back to back would be something out of this world. That will be our goal: How do we come back and muster up enough to keep us focused and … hungry throughout this season to get back in a position to win another championship?'”