Dwyane Wade is a long way from deciding whether or not he will play for the United States at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Team USA’s leading scorer at the Beijing Olympics at 16 points per game, the Miami Heat guard recently met with USA Basketball supremo Jerry Colangelo.
“I really said to myself after 2008, when we won the gold medal, that I was in the mind state that it was it for me,” Wade said to the Miami Herald.
“Of course, my teammates have gotten into my ear a little bit and would love for me to be a part of it. But it’s a long way away for me.”
Wade will be a free agent at the of the season and isn’t certain if he will remain with the Heat.
Team USA have also yet to get commitments from LeBron James and Chris Bosh, two others who will be free agents after the campaign.
“It’s this summer that makes it difficult,” said Wade, who turns 28 on January 17.
“We all know the World Games are this summer. This is a very busy summer for me.
“I’m not trying to be selfish or make it all about me.
“I’m trying to make sure what I do is right for not only me, but for the organization I play for as well as for USA Basketball.”
Wade had a game-high 27 points for the United States in their gold-medal triumph over Spain at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The United States will take on Slovenia, Brazil, Croatia, Iran and Tunisia in Preliminary Round Group B at the FIBA World Championship.
All of the Americans’ games will be played in Istanbul.