"I think Seattle is a great basketball town. I would love to be a part of that," Wade said in an interview with Bloomberg when asked about potentially being a part of an NBA ownership group one day.
At age 36, having just finished his 15th NBA season, Dwyane Wade is pondering life after basketball. Or at least post-playing days, he told Bloomberg in a lengthy Q&A.
Wade, who already has a growing portfolio of business interests, said he is “definitely” interested in being part of an ownership group some day. When asked where, he responded instantly and emphatically: Seattle.
“I want Seattle’s team, the Sonics, to come back,” Wade said. “I think Seattle is a great basketball town. I would love to be a part of that.”
In the interview, Wade cites Shaquille O’Neal’s minority stake in the Sacramento Kings and Grant Hill’s involvement with the Atlanta Hawks. His “blueprint” for the future? Magic Johnson, whose part-ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers and array of business investments is the side course to running the Lakers’ basketball operations.
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Wade joins the expanding list of prominent athletes and cultural figures voicing interest in bringing the NBA back to Seattle. Before he was supporting baseball in Portland, Russell Wilson invested in Chris Hansen’s group trying to build an arena in Sodo. One face of the ownership group attempting to lure the NHL here is Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, Ray Allen, Lenny Wilkins and Kevin Durant have all been vocal supporters of bringing the NBA back to Seattle.
Durant’s Golden State Warriors will play a preseason game against the Kings at KeyArena in October, slated to be the arena’s final event, according to KING5, before it goes under a $600-million renovation that could bring an NHL team as soon as 2020. A recent challenge, however, threatens to delay construction.
In the meantime, Tacoma’s Isaiah Thomas has a suggestion …