Report links Wade to offer from China
MIAMI — Dwyane Wade's tour of China was designed to promote the products he endorses. He apparently has done a decent job of promoting himself, as well.
The Chengdu Daily is reporting that Chinese Basketball Association team Zhejiang Guangsha has offered the Miami Heat guard $2 million per month to play in Hangzhou, where Wade visited last week.
While the Chinese basketball site niubball.com reported that the offer was denied by a Zhejiang Lions team official, Wade continues to remain noncommittal about his plans amid the NBA lockout.
"We are not there yet," Wade told the China Daily. "We are going to start working out. The time to consider that has not come."
Among previous NBA veterans to play for Zhejiang Lions were Rafer Alston, Jelani McCoy, Rodney White and Javaris Crittenton. The team last month named longtime Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jim Cleamons as coach. It plays in a 4,500-seat arena. Wade is scheduled to earn $15.7 million from the Heat for the coming season.
Such recruiting efforts could prove moot, with the Chinese Basketball Association reportedly considering a ban on all imports who do not commit for the entire season, which runs December through May.
According to a ruling last week by basketball's international governing body, FIBA, players under NBA contract, would have to return to their NBA teams upon the conclusion of the lockout.
Wade is scheduled to host a high-end fantasy basketball camp for adults in two weeks in Miami Beach.
Norris Cole waits
Bypassing the opportunity to play in a pro-am league with other players, as well as the allure of playing overseas, Heat first-round pick Norris Cole instead has been working with same personal trainer who prepared him for the draft.
"That went well, so he'll stick with it," agent Joel Bell said. "He's getting his work in, strength training. When he was down in Miami, they gave him a bunch of stuff to work on, as much information that they could."
Cole and all NBA players have been banned from working at team facilities or with team staff since the July 1 start of the lockout.
Bell said there have been no discussions about the speedy point guard out of Cleveland State playing overseas.