One week after the Miami Heat threw a lavish surprise birthday party with more than 200 guests for free agent forward Udonis Haslem, the Miami-Dade County (FL) commissioners voted unanimously to rename the county Miami-Wade, a tribute to the Heat’s superstar free agent Dwyane Wade. The change will occur from July 1-7, coinciding with the beginning of the NBA’s free agency, but Wade has already made it clear that he plans to stay in Miami so long as the team puts winning pieces around him. The commissioners also voted unanimously to laugh at whichever team signs Jermaine O’Neal.
The decision recalls the playful nickname that was created after Wade led the Heat to the NBA Championship in 2006. Wade has been very open over the past few days about his desire to return the Heat to the NBA Finals, and he has been actively recruiting other NBA free agent superstars not named Shaquille O’Neal to join him in Miami to make that happen.
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The resolution was written “in recognition of all that Dwyane Wade has done for the visibility, stature and national image” of the county.
Wade will become a free agent before July 1, which means he could leave the Miami Heat. Wade has repeatedly said he hopes to stay in Miami, but only if the Heat roster is upgraded.
The Heat have been a rumored destination for most of the current elite free agents, but mostly Amar’e Stoudemire, whose agent recently expressed the Phoenix star’s dismay over the Suns’ decision to fire GM Steve Kerr. Carlos Boozer has also declared his intent to play anywhere but Utah, and said that he’d prefer to land in Miami or Chicago. The Heat had also been long linked with Chris Bosh trade rumors, and just for fun we’ll say that Joe Johnson bought a boat and named it “The Heat Is On.”
Meanwhile, Tom Izzo and the Cleveland Cavaliers were reportedly unable to contact LeBron James directly during their entire negotiation period, of which Izzo said wasn’t a factor… so that means it was a factor. At this rate, the Cavs, Knicks, Clippers, Nets, Mavericks and Bulls will have an easier chance of signing Osama Bin Laden or Kim Jong-Il.