Dwyane Wade open to playing in Europe: Fan reaction

Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade(notes), made it known he would be open to competing in other basketball leagues in the event the current NBA lockout goes on for a prolonged period of time.

New Jersey Net point guard Deron Williams(notes) started the trend among NBA players, signing with the Turkish team Besiktas. Now, Wade is letting Heat fans know he plans to keep his options open.

"We've known that the lockout was a possibility for the last couple of years," Wade told reporters. "It's not just something that came overnight. (Williams) didn't wake up and say, 'All right, go play in Turkey.' Obviously, this is something that he felt that if a lockout was to last a long time, 'I would consider playing.' It's because of the game. He wants to play the game, wants to play it at a high level, and if we can't play in the NBA, he's going to take that opportunity to try to play somewhere else. Hopefully, we don't get to that point, but if we do, I'm sure a lot of guys will possibly explore it. If there's an opportunity there, I'd consider it"

Personally, I like Williams' decision to take his talents overseas. More NBA players going in the same direction will definitely put more pressure on the owners. Even though the current NBA lockout had been in the works before the 2010/11 season started, there something about complaining about money after a very financially successful season that rubs basketball fans the wrong way.

If more big-name NBA players migrate to the European leagues during the lockout, the NBA owners will be forced to accept the harsh reality that the players are the reason they can afford their private jets and other such luxuries in the first place.

David is a Miami Heat fan that has followed the team for 15 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter.

Sources:

Andrew Seligman, "Wade could see NBA stars heading overseas" Associated Press

Player and game information from ESPN.com

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Updated Monday, Jul 11, 2011