Dwyane Wade announced on Sunday that he will return to the Miami Heat for the upcoming season, which he says will be his last.
Wade published a nearly 10-minute-long video on YouTube in which he talked about his decision to continue his career. The title of the video is “One Last Dance…”, which seems to be the theme of his farewell season.
“It goes by fast,” Wade said of his career.
He talked about how difficult the decision has been, acknowledging “it’s been a tough summer.” He also said this was the “hardest decision” he’s ever had to make.
He said he asked himself whether he could deal with the travel, the physical pain, being away from his family. He says there comes a time when you ask yourself whether it’s time to give attention to others.
Despite all these questions and doubts, Wade decided he wanted to play for another year. He will turn 37 in January.
Wade averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 22.9 minutes per game last season. He was traded midseason from Cleveland back to the Miami Heat.
The player to whom Donovan Mitchell is most often compared is Dwyane Wade. And apparently Wade likes that comparison.
HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy promoted a story on his Twitter account Saturday that asked whether Mitchell was ready to make a leap to superstar status in the upcoming season. In his tweet, Kennedy said that Mitchell is the most recent shooting guard to dominate the way Wade did. He tagged both players in the tweet so they’d see the article.
Wade not only saw it, but he also responded, saying Mitchell is “definitely ready” to make the jump.
He’s definitely ready. https://t.co/eem1W67Dt5
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 15, 2018
Mitchell averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as a rookie during the regular season. He stepped up in the postseason with 24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, helping the Jazz eliminate the Thunder before losing to the Rockets. Many see him as a future superstar and cornerstone of the Jazz franchise, for good reason. Wade does too.
Scott Frost has time for his program’s VIPs even on game day.
Frost gave a hug to Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade on the field in Lincoln prior to his debut as Nebraska’s head coach:
— Dan Corey (@DanCorey1011) September 2, 2018
Union is from Nebraska and grew up as a huge fan of the Cornhuskers football program. She and Wade often watch them play.
The team’s opener against Akron was delayed due to heavy rain at Memorial Stadium, but fans stuck around, eagerly awaiting the start of the new era.
It’s always sad watching once-great athletes enter the twilight of their careers. For sports fans, it feels like we’re losing a piece of ourselves. Father Time doesn’t discriminate, and though some athletes push the envelope into their 40s, we all sadly have a shelf life.
In the past two years, fans have seen notable figures like Tim Duncan, Amar’e Stoudemire, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce retire. Here are 10 well-known players who may follow in their footsteps in the next year.
10. Vince Carter
I sat down with V.C. on draft day to discuss his future, and at the time it was uncertain. He was waiting for LeBron to announce his decision so the rest of the league could react and adjust their free-agency plans accordingly. Once LJ finally did so, the Hawks scooped Carter, signing him to a one-year deal. Atlanta wanted “Carter around its young locker room,” per Woj. The 41-year-old will receive $2.4 million for the season — keep getting them checks! Carter is no longer the Vinsanity we all knew and loved, but he’s had a heck of a career, and he’s still a valuable piece. Last season, with Sacramento, he played in 58 games, averaging 17.7 minutes, 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc. The former No. 5 overall pick (1998, Golden State Warriors) has now played for eight teams.
Dwyane Wade has yet to decide whether or not he will play basketball next season, and it would appear he wants fans to ignore all of the reports swirling around about his future.
On Tuesday evening, a report on Twitter claimed Wade and the Miami Heat have agreed to a one-year deal and that Wade will retire following the 2018-19 season. Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype refuted that report on Wednesday and said there is “some doubt” that Wade and the Heat will be able to reach an agreement and that retirement may be the most likely option.
Contrary to a Twitter report, Dwyane Wade and the Heat haven't come to an agreement. In fact, there's some doubt that the two sides will be able to reach a deal. Retirement is a serious consideration for Wade. If he plays, it'll be in Miami. But there's no guarantee he'll play.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 15, 2018
Having apparently heard enough of the reports about his decision, Wade seemed to respond with a tweet of his own on Wednesday afternoon:
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 15, 2018
Wade has already addressed rumors that he might play in China, noting that there is only one team in the NBA he is willing to play for next season. The 36-year-old has had his issues with Heat president Pat Riley in the past, but all indications are that the two have worked things out. If Wade wants to return to Miami for another season, a new contract shouldn’t be a major obstacle.
It’s the Miami Heat or bust for Dwyane Wade.
Wade spoke with some reporters at the NBA’s Jr. World Championships in Orlando on Saturday. Wade, who is a free agent, told them that the only team he will consider playing for is the Miami Heat.
Asked @DwyaneWade if he might play in China: “Heat only. If I play the game of basketball this year it will be in a Miami uniform. If I don’t I’ll be living in Miami or somewhere else probably.” pic.twitter.com/HihDxfMfvM
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) August 11, 2018
Wade, 36, emphasized how important his family is for him and says he wants to do what’s best for them. That means staying mostly in Miami.
Wade spent his first 13 seasons with the Heat before signing with the Chicago Bulls. That only lasted one season. He then signed with Cleveland before being traded to Miami in February. Pat Riley has said he expects Wade to make a decision on his future at some point this month.
This weekend provided an opportunity for Dwyane Wade to relive one of the greatest hits of his NBA career.
Wade took to Instagram on Saturday to repost a video of a saga between him and former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kendrick Perkins. Several years ago when Wade was on his first stint with the Miami Heat and Perkins was on the Oklahoma City Thunder, the latter pulled a disrespectful move on the former by swinging a leg in his face on a dunk. Wade would then respond by getting Perkins back in a subsequent meeting with a vicious poster slam for the ages.
The 12-time All-Star clowned Perkins in his caption as well, tagging him and writing “Why you do me like that tho!?! Had to get you back bro hahaha.”
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Wade and Perkins were only teammates on the Cavs for a very brief stint. They both signed with the team last September, but Perkins was waived in October after a handful of preseason games. He would re-sign with the Cavs again in April, but by that time Wade had already been traded back to Miami.
The throwback post still makes for a pretty funny jab though, but it’s not quite as juicy as the last time that Perkins and an ex-teammate of his got into it.