CHICAGO — Dwyane Wade spent more than two hours Friday at a downtown Chicago hotel hearing a pitch from the New York Knicks and emerged saying he was “intrigued” by what he heard.
The Knicks were the third team in two days hoping to pull Wade, one of free agency’s top players, away from the Miami Heat. The two sides met for 2 hours and 15 minutes before Wade spoke with reporters as he was leaving the hotel.
“It was a good meeting, it was a real good meeting and I will say I’m intrigued,” he said, declining further comment before driving away.
On Thursday, Wade spent two hours meeting with the Bulls and later met with the New Jersey Nets. The Chicago-area native has already heard from the Heat, whose top priority is to bring back the 2006 NBA finals MVP.
Despite his ties to Chicago — including a home and family, including his mother — Wade has said repeatedly that he would like to stay in Miami. But he did structure his last contract for the opportunity to become a free agent for the first time.
Wade is expected to return to Florida early next week. He is scheduled to join Heat executive Alonzo Mourning for a Tuesday news conference about their annual Summer Groove, a fundraising weekend for youth programs and other charitable causes. Wade is expected to play in an all-star game as part of that weekend on July 18.
Fellow free agent superstar Chris Bosh tweeted that he and Wade dined Thursday night in Chicago and posted a picture to prove it. Bosh also said “it feels like someone is missing,” an apparent reference to Cavaliers star LeBron James, the crown jewel of the free agent crop. Various reports have suggested the three are discussing their options in concert.