Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem has some advice – and a message – for his good friend, Dwyane Wade.
“My advice to him is, ‘Hey, we’d love to have you but take it one step at a time, take it one day at a time,” Haslem said today on the Joe Rose Show on 560WQAM. “The situation with Chicago and everything that’s going on it’s just a frustrating situation on both sides and I think he just made a decision based on frustration.”
Haslem, who is about to start his 15th season with the Heat, spent 13 of those with Wade. With speculation Wade and the Chicago Bulls are headed for a breakup via a buyout, Haslem is hoping to be reunited with his friend.
“We kind of understand the direction Chicago is going in,” Haslem said. “We kind of understand the direction that Dwyane wants to go in the last couple of years of his career. The business side of things sometimes doesn’t always allow both sides to co-exist.”
Wade, 35, bolted Miami a year ago to sign with his hometown team but the homecoming was rocky with Wade clashing with teammates, having his differences with coach Fred Hoiberg and the Bulls being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs after winning the tiebreaker against the Heat to earn the final seed in Eastern Conference.
Still, it was not bad enough for Wade to leave $23.8 million on the table, picking up the final year of that contract. But ever since he decided to return, talk of a buyout started.
And those conversations typically start with the Heat.
If the sides are able to agree to a price, Wade could sign with any team for the pro-rated minimum or possibly an exception, which the Heat still carry.
Haslem, who has won three titles with the Heat, was asked about a variety of other topics:
On his career: “I can’t imagine things playing out any better for me. I would do it out all over again and I would do it exactly the same way. I would go undrafted. I would go to Europe. All that was a part of my journey I had to take to get to this situation. It’s been an amazing journey, frustrating at times but I had to understand what my purpose was.”
On this Miami Heat team: “This is the most like-me group of guys I’ve had an opportunity to be around. Guys that felt like they’ve been disrespected, they’ve been overlooked, they have something to prove.”
On visiting Miami Dolphins camp Wednesday: “I was a big deal for me. I never thought 15, 20 years ago when I was sitting across the street watching games on the big screen and listening to the crowd when it was called Joe Robbie Stadium, I never thought I would have the opportunity to talk to those guys, encourage those guys, give those guys some words of wisdom. It’s just a dream come true.”
On the what he told the team: “Three things that it boiled down to for us. We all enjoyed each others success. We genuinely got to the point we are able to sacrifice, strip down, enjoy each others success. The second thing being a good teammate. The third thing getting to know your guys, getting to know their families, getting to know everything about them and maximizing your role.”