Wade Opts Out of Team USA Play

06/12/2010 1:29 PM

06/12/2010 1:38 PM

Heat guard Dwayne Wade confirmed Saturday that he will not compete with Team USA in the World Championships later this summer.

Speaking at a promotional event for next month's Summer Groove, Wade says the combination of his pending divorce case and other family and business obligations will prevent him from joining the team for July's training camp, the exhibition schedule and the World Championship in late August.

"With the divorce case still going on and other stuff I have to do, I know I won't be able to play," Wade said. "I'll do everything else I can to help the team as far as appearances and stuff. I've communicated that with them."

Wade is also preparing to opt out of his contract by June 30 to become a free agent on July 1. He continued to talk Saturday as if his priorities remain to re-sign with the Heat, which should offer him a six-year contract with about $125 million.

Wade has already won two medals from previous Olympic teams. He led 2008 USA team in scoring on the way to a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics. Wade also was on the 2004 team that won a bronze in Athens.

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