Dwyane Wade: No pay for Olympics

Updated: April 13, 2012, 3:51 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MIAMI -- Heat guard Dwyane Wade says money is not his motivation for the London Games this summer.

In a statement Thursday, Wade said, "I do not want to be paid to go to the Olympics."

Wade was quoted Wednesday saying he thinks "guys should be compensated" for playing over the summer and noted the schedule demands of being an Olympian.

"It's a lot of things you do for the Olympics -- a lot of jerseys you sell," Wade said after the Heat's practice on Wednesday in advance of Thursday's game against Chicago. "We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well. Unfortunately, it's not there. But I think it should be something, you know, there for it."

The gold-medal game is scheduled for Aug. 12, about a month before many NBA players resume workouts to gear up for training camps that open in late September or early October.

"The biggest thing is now you get no rest," Wade said Wednesday. "So you go to the end of the season, [Team USA] training camp is two weeks later. You're giving up a lot to do it. It's something you want to do. But it's taxing on your body. You're not playing for the dollar. But it would be nice if you would get compensated."

Wade said Thursday that he was responding to a question about Olympians being paid, and never said he needed to be paid to play.

Wade later tweeted that pride for his country "motivates me more than any $$$ amount."

Wade played for the U.S. at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008, and has said the London Games would be his last.

Information from ESPN.com's Michael Wallace was used in this report.

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