Dwyane Wade wants to stay with Heat, but could test free agency

Michael Obernauer – Daily News Sports Writer

One guard seems almost embarrassed by all the attention he’s getting as he travels the country. The other guard swears he’s not bothered by the attention his own team is spreading elsewhere.

There’s a chance their paths could cross next summer.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Duhon were among the numerous athletes who gathered at Trump National Golf Course in Briarcliff Manor Monday to take part in the "Zo Shootout," a golf tournament to benefit the Alonzo Mourning Charities.

Mourning spent the blazing afternoon on the tee box at No. 13, a short par-3 that on which participants played closest-to-the-pin with the ex-Miami Heat center and tried for a hole-in-one that was worth $1 million. Hanging beside him was Wade, the current Heat star who reiterated Monday that his goal is to remain in Miami the rest of his career but that he sees a decent chance of hitting the open market when his contract is set to expire next summer.

And even he admitted that once that day comes, anything can happen.

"If I was gung ho about money I would sign back (with the Heat) right now," Wade said. "It’s not really necessarily about that for me, it’s putting myself in a position where I’m successful and can win. I’ve tasted the top, I’ve tasted that feeling of winning a championship. I think when you’ve tasted it you’re a little more hungry than you are even when you haven’t won a championship. That’s what I’m trying to get back to.

"Going into next summer, if I become a free agent, my first mind is to sign with Miami, but of course we all know there’s steps to take to get to that point."

Everywhere Wade travels, it seems, he faces questions about his future a year from now. For instance, he recently purchased a home in Chicago, where he grew up, that fueled reports that he was leaning toward signing with the Bulls. Last Thursday, he was at the Meadowlands to shoot scenes for a Queen Latifah movie in which he plays himself – and after filming, he spoke of how "there’s going to be a lot of chatter about the Nets" come 2010, when they and the Knicks will be among the NBA teams set up for a shopping spree.


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