DALLAS -- Dwyane Wade may have roots in the Chicagoland area, but his heart still seems to be in Miami.
At least that's the way it sounded as he discussed his impending free agency with reporters during Friday's interview session.
"I think the main thing is I've shown and said that Miami is where I want to be," Wade said. "I wouldn't be jumping in the air to leave Miami anyway. It's a great place to be and they've adopted me there ... I've said it so many times: That's the place I want to build. We just have to get people to come, and if we get people to come, why would I leave?"
When asked about the possibility of coming to the Chicago Bulls, Wade said: "That's gonna be a topic of conversation for a long time because of my connection with Chicago.
"I love Chicago, of course, so it's always exciting, it's always fun to think about that, but I'm really not thinking about being in another uniform. I'm thinking about building a dynasty in Miami. That would be ideal, but we don't live in an ideal world. But that's an ideal situation for me."
Wade isn't putting much stock into all the speculation surrounding this summer's free agent class.
"We all talk as players," he said. "We know who's a free agent and what players your game would continue to blossom with. So when the summer comes and it gets down to where we have to look and decide, I'm sure we will. Right now, it's just all, it's all talk. I could come out and say, 'Oh man, I would love to play with LeBron. Then the next week, I could say I would love to play with Chris Bosh. I mean, we would love to play with great players.
"That's why we love All-Star Games. That's why we love the Olympics, because you get to play with these great players. They not only make you better, but they make other players around them better ... I would love to play with a lot of other great players, but you don't know which one is gonna fit you and your team."
At least one All-Star isn't sure if a Wade-James combo would work.
"I don't know if they match," Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups said. "I don't know if they could play together for 82 games. I really don't know. I think they both need the ball in their hands for most of the game. They're both two of the best players in the world. I don't know I don't know if that works."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.