Heat rumors: Miami reached out to Dwyane Wade multiple times before signing Wayne Ellington
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Heat reached out to Dwyane Wade multiple times before signing Wayne Ellington

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It remains a mystery what Dwyane Wade’s plans are for his future in the NBA. What’s certain, however, is that the Miami Heat have done their due diligence to check out on the three-time NBA champion before coming into terms with shooter Wayne Ellington, per Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald.

A league source said the Heat reached out to Wade multiple times before reaching a one-year, $6.27 million deal with Wayne Ellington last week in hopes of getting a better understanding of what Wade would want financially to return.

Wade is in the Far East right now to attend to some urgent business ventures. While he has yet to strike down a new deal in the NBA, he has inked a lucrative lifetime contract with Chinese sports apparel giant Li-Ning, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.

Wade and the Chinese apparel company Li-Ning announced that the three-time NBA champion has signed a lifetime contract with the brand, which he has represented since 2012. The finalizing of that deal coincided with Wade and the company revealing his latest shoe, the “Way of Wade 7,” at an event in Beijing on Wednesday.

It seems that Wade’s priorities have changed, as he puts more attention to what lies ahead of him once his basketball-playing days are over. That said, Wade promised he’ll devote some time to attend to matters with regards to his NBA career once he’s back home.

“When I get back from China, I’ll focus on that,” Wade said. “Right now, I’m focused on the game after basketball. Whatever happens in basketball, it happens.”