FORT LAUDERDALE — Moving away from one court after a series of civil suits were settled Tuesday, the Heat's Dwyane Wade said he will not immediately turn his attention to the court where he earns a significant portion of his livelihood.
Eligible to become a free agent July 1, Wade said he would deal with that matter after first spending time with his family in Chicago.
"That's a big part of the summer," he said. "We'll see where it goes. That's still a little ways away."
Technically, Wade has yet to reach free agency, still holding an option for $17.1 million for next season, with a decision on that 2010-11 portion of his contract due by June 30.
"We haven't really thought about it," agent Henry Thomas told the Sun Sentinel, when asked when Wade would deal with that formality.
Wade, 28, is expected to talk with several other impending free agents. His departure for Chicago comes as impending free-agent power forwards Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer are spending time in South Florida.
James gives edge to Cavs: One month from the start of the free agency frenzy, LeBron James said he's not close to making any decision.
However, he has handicapped his field of suitors. The Cavaliers lead the pack.
In his first interview since the Cavs' season ended with a second-round loss to Boston, James told CNN's Larry King that Cleveland has "an edge" to re-sign him July 1.
King, who interviewed James at the two-time MVP's home near Akron, asked if Cleveland has "an edge going in?"
"Absolutely," James said in a portion of the interview released by the network. "Because, you know, this city, these fans, I mean, have given me a lot in these seven years. And, you know, for me, it's comfortable. So I've got a lot of memories here."
The interview will air Friday on Larry King Live.
Kings: Point guard Tyreke Evans is facing a court date after being stopped for reckless driving. The California Highway Patrol cited the Rookie of the Year on Monday evening after air patrol spotted him driving at more than 100 mph on Interstate 80.
Lakers: Center Pau Gasol has decided not to play for Spain at the world championships this summer.