ATLANTA -- It was too early for Dwyane Wade to assess his future plans and those of his team after the Heat were knocked out in the first round with a 91-78 loss to the Hawks on Sunday. Suffice it to say he'll be weighing in with his opinion on what needs to be done to upgrade the talent around him when he meets with team president Pat Riley and owner Micky Arison this summer.
"Coach Riley and Mickey Arison make the decisions on this team, and I’ll leave it to them," Wade said. "Of course we have conversations throughout the summer. But at the end of the day, those guys make the decisions."
Wade, who led the Heat from a 15-win season to the playoffs in a year, will have a chance to rest for the first time in 12 months. It's been a long year, and the countdown now will begin to his impending free agency in July 2010, when he can decline a player option for the 2010-11 season.
"I started working out last year to get ready for the Olympics this week," Wade said. "So it’s been a year going strong. But it’s been a great year, from winning the gold medal and coming back this season and beating expectations of what people thought of me and my team."
If Game 7 was any indication, the Heat will need to add a significant piece to complement Wade if they expect him to be enticed to stay in Miami beyond next season. At one point on Sunday, Wade had about half the Heat's points. He would up with 31 of their 78. If he thinks he's tired now, just wait until after another season of that.