Although this summer’s big name free agents have pooh-poohed that whole “free agent summit” rumor, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some formal and informal gatherings.
To wit: During his recent trip to Los Angeles, Dwyane Wade had a Jordan Brand event with Joe Johnson and also had dinner with Chris Bosh. He also hung out with Carmelo Anthony, who could be a free agent in the summer of 2011. But let’s not start theorizing any conspiracies just yet.
Wade told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinal these meetings weren’t summit-y…just friends hanging out. No, really.
Said Wade: “I just laugh [at the speculation]. You really don’t take it seriously. You understand, like I said, we’re friends, me and Chris have been friends since we came into the NBA. We signed with the same agent. So if we can’t eat together? It’s all good. We understand what’s going to come about, anything that goes on. But no worries. It’s just friends eating dinner. … My friends are the guys that are in the league. Some of my closest friends in the NBA happen to be certain guys that are up in this free-agent market. Yeah, it’s going to like that. Like I said, I don’t worry about it. I smile and I keep on going with my day.”