Miami Heat owner confident Dwyane Wade will stay

MICHAEL WALLACE

Disappointed with Dwyane Wade’s decision not to sign a contract extension, Miami Heat owner Micky Arison said Tuesday he takes comfort in the spending flexibility Miami would have if it needs to rebuild on the fly.With about $40 million in expiring contracts, the Heat’s priority is to re-sign Wade to a maximum-level contract and also add as many as two other top-tier free agents from a 2010 class to be headlined by Cleveland’s LeBron James, Toronto’s Chris Bosh and Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire.

Wade turned down an opportunity to sign a three-year extension last summer and has said he would opt out of his deal and enter free agency.

Asked how concerned he was about Wade’s pending decision, Arison mentioned the spending flexibility Miami will have next summer.

“That’s why we’re in a position to respond if something happens,” Arison said during a meeting with reporters before Tuesday’s game against the Wizards. “I have every indication from Dwyane that this is where he wants to be. He loves Miami. He’d like to spend his whole career [here]. But the reality is I don’t have his signature on a contract. We’ve talked about an extension [and] I was disappointed we couldn’t come to a decision.”

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