Heat's Arison says he's confident Wade will stay
Rest a bit easier, Miami fans. Heat owner Micky Arison says he has "every indication" Dwyane Wade will be starring in South Florida for many years to come.
While acknowledging Tuesday he was disappointed the Heat couldn't agree to a contract extension this past offseason with their franchise player, Arison quickly added he believes there are signs Wade won't be leaving when he gets the chance next summer.
"I have every indication from Dwyane this is where he wants to be," Arison said. "He loves Miami. He'd like to spend his whole career (here). But the reality is, I don't have a signature on a contract. Obviously, we talked about an extension this summer. I was disappointed that we couldn't come to an agreement, but that was Dwyane's right. He's worked hard to have his own flexibility.
"He'll make the decision next summer," Arison added. "But obviously, I'm very hopeful. ... And as you know, we can pay him more money than anybody. So financially, it's not going to be an issue."
Wade likely will be one of the headline names in next summer's free-agent class. He has said he likely will exercise his right to be a free agent, but also has insisted he has no designs on leaving Miami - which would be able to pay him around $30 million more than any other team over the life of an extension.
Other highlights of a 20-minute session with Arison included:
"I think we did a lot this summer and I think we got better," Arison said. "God knows, if we stay healthy, I think we'll be a lot better this year and I think to some degree, we're showing it already."
"We've never made money here," Arison said.