It was what Heat guard Dwyane Wade envisioned when he began considering Miami home.

On Monday, Los Angles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant signed a two-year deal that almost guarantees he ends his career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Wade said the decision strengthened his desire to want his playing days to finish in a Heat uniform.

While Wade still realizes anything can happen, he said ending his career in Miami has always been the goal. Wade came become a free agent next summer.

"I've got a long way to go," Wade said. "It's great for a guy like [Bryant]. You feel proud obviously to be able to say that. It doesn't happen for everyone. But Kobe will always be forever looked at as a Laker and loved so much."

Wade said he began thinking about being a Heat lifer the moment he signed his first contract extension.