Dwyane Wade, who was seriously contemplating retirement, has announced that he will return for “one last dance” with the Miami Heat in 2018-19.
Wade made the announcement in a video, where he stated that he would come back for his 16th season in the league. He came to prominence with a title early in his career, and he later welcomed LeBron James and Chris Bosh into the fold. Overall, Wade won three NBA championships in what is a surefire Hall of Fame career.
According to ESPN, Wade is expected to sign a 1-year, $2.4 million contract. He is the Heat’s all-time leader in points, assists, steals and games played.
"I've always did things my way," Wade said in the video. "Whether they've been good or whether they've been bad, I got here because I've done things the way that I feel is right for me and right for my family. And what I feel is right – I feel it's right to ask you guys to join me for one last dance, for one last season.”
Wade’s presence should help the Heat remain relevant in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Despite entering the upcoming season at 36 years old, he emerged as one of Miami’s top playoff performers a season ago.
Wade has spent the bulk of his career in a Heat uniform, spending brief stints with the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 11.4 PPG last season, but he also serves as a key facilitator on offense. His numbers spiked in the playoffs, as well.
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