Wade To Sign Shorter Contract Too



Dwyane Wade could be following LeBron James' lead.

Wade, who reportedly agreed to a five-year, $80 million max extension with the Miami Heat last week, is instead expected to sign a three-year deal with a player option for a fourth season, ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher reported Tuesday.

Earlier this week, sources told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that James had agreed to a three-year extension worth approximately $60 million, with a player option for a fourth season (rather than what was reported earlier as James being able to opt out of a four-year deal).

On Monday, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported that http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3706"]Carmelo Anthony[/URL] was also considering signing a contract extension with the http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=den"]Denver Nuggets[/URL] similar to the deal James intends to sign with Cleveland.

Wade is under contract for next season with the Heat, who will try to defend their first NBA championship. Wade has repeatedly said he wants to stay in Miami. Other than coach Pat Riley saying that getting Wade to agree to an extension is Miami's top offseason priority, the team has not commented on the negotiation process.

Wade was the fifth pick in the 2003 draft, and his rise to stardom was quick. He averaged a career-best 27.2 points during the regular season, making 49.5 percent of his shots, plus averaging 6.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds.

In the playoffs, he was even better, averaging 28.4 points -- and 34.7 in the NBA Finals, when he led the Heat past the http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=dal"]Dallas Mavericks[/URL] in six games.
first LeBron, then Melo and now Wade???? if u ask me; they've all been talking to each other about their contracts and they're planning something


i doubt they were planning. i understand melo and LB but wade!!, after winning the trophy hes still not sure !!!


Sultan of Swat
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There still young and they know that this league is all about business. Thyey also know that good things can change into bad things. Signing long term is not always a good idea and I think they figured that at a very young age. But I wouldn't be surprised if Wade and James will stay with the same team all their lives.