Dwyane Wade Wants to Own NBA Team, Hopes to Bring Back Sonics | Def Pen
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Dwyane Wade hopes to own a franchise once his playing days come to an end. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

One of the most prolific backcourt talents of our generation, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade knows his time in the NBA is coming to an end soon enough.

Marred by recent knee injuries among other various ailments, Wade is well out of his prime but will leave behind an incredible legacy. With retirement imminent within coming years, Wade has an eye on the future in which he has some big plans. The 36-year-old Wade recently told Bloomberg’s Joel Weber that he hopes to partially own an NBA team once he calls it a career.

I definitely want to be a part of ownership in the NBA. I’m not going to try to buy a team. I don’t have that kind of bread, but I definitely want to be a part of a great ownership group. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is all about players being involved in an ownership capacity. You’ve got players like Grant Hill involved in the Atlanta Hawks. Shaquille O’Neal is involved in the Sacramento Kings. It’s definitely something that I’ve talked about, some of my friends have talked about. But, first of all, I’d have to be retired. When that time comes?…

When Wade was inquired about which franchise he would like to own, he gave a surprising answer as opposed to his predictable choice of the Miami Heat. Instead, Dwyane Wade hopes to bring back the Seattle Supersonics, the franchise that morphed into the OKC Thunder prior to the 2008 season.

Seattle. I want Seattle’s team, the Sonics, to come back. I think Seattle is a great basketball town. I would love to be a part of that. But I’m open—if you know somebody?…

Various high profile figures have advocated for the return of the Sonics franchise, such as Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Though an NBA team in Seattle has been extinct for over a decade now, there’s clearly still motive and determination from players such as Wade to bring professional basketball back to Washington state.


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