In 2010, Dwyane Wade recruited LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join him in South Beach.
Just like that, the “Big Three” was born and the end result was two titles in four productive seasons.
Now back with the Miami Heat after short stints with the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade is clearly on the last stage of his Hall of Fame caliber career and, by most accounts, is the greatest player to ever wear a Heat uniform.
Although he will most likely come off the bench for the rest of the season, Wade could play a huge role for his club, both on and off the court. As a three-time NBA champion and perennial All-Star, he has the experience and skills necessary to impart wisdom on his new teammates.
But, that’s the extent to which he will go. He’s not getting involved with any more recruiting.
Speaking with South Florida radio host Jorge Sedano during a recent interview, Wade said that he will not get involved with the potential recruitment of LeBron this summer.
"No. No, I don't have anything to do with it, none of that," Wade said. ”One thing I know is he makes his own decisions. So when we get to that point, hopefully he takes a good look at the place he's at and gives that real consideration, and then goes from there. … It’s his decision and I don't want nothing to do with it at all.”
Interestingly, Wade didn’t have anything to do with his departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers last week, either. After he found out he was going home to Miami, he texted Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman to say thanks.
"As I texted the general manager, Koby, after everything went down, I thanked him for putting me in a good position and also told him, 'You did one hell of a job to bring the guys that he brought into the organization,'" Wade revealed. "And it's not anything negative against the guys that were there, but it just wasn't working, it wasn't fitting the way that a championship organization wants to see it fit. And they brought in some good pieces. And so, they're happy, I'm happy."
At 30-27, the Heat are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference heading into Wednesday. They’re 2.5 games up on the Detroit Pistons.
Although Miami presumably needs to sign at least one high-profile free agent in order to contend in the East next year, one thing is certain: Wade won’t be going out of his way to get involved in the process.