But that was before the Heat traded for forward Shawn Marion last week. Marion has provided the Heat hope for a resurgence, and he has energized Wade to the point where the All-Star guard no longer is thinking of sitting out and is "really excited about the future of Miami."
"At first I didn't know what the vision was," Wade said Friday during the buildup to Sunday's All-Star Game. "Now I know we are looking to build to the future. I'm at peace with where we are going.
Wade said he's encouraged the Heat is looking to improve immediately. He said it is setting up as a "big summer" for the Heat as Pat Riley seeks to reshape the roster from one made for O'Neal's power game to a perimeter-oriented offense built around Wade.
Wade said Marion is "someone I can see myself playing with for years to come," citing Marion's scoring, rebounding, consistency and energy as well as his effort to improve team morale. Marion has indicated he isn't seeking to opt out of a deal that will pay him $17.8 million for one additional season.
Wade hails Marion
Miami star Dwyane Wade said there is "a moment of the silence" in the Heat locker room each time highlights of Miami's title season two years ago come up. As the league's worst team, the players had been reserved in Miami until Shawn Marion showed up in a trade from Phoenix.
"Besides what he's done on the court so far as rebounding the ball, scoring the ball and really bringing energy," Wade said. "Shawn is a good leader off the court. He's the guy who's come in and has been trying to bring the team together as a team, something as simple as what they do in Phoenix is everybody slaps fives. When you come off the court, give me five. Just bring that unity. He's really been adamant about that. As the leader of the team, I'm with him."