Following the Miami Heat’s exit from the Eastern Conference playoffs, franchise legend Dwyane Wade must now decide on his NBA future. After the Philadelphia 76ers eliminated Miami, Wade acknowledged that he has thought about retirement but reiterated that he would not make any decisions until later in the offseason.
"That's not my focus," Wade told reporters. "Fresh off this NBA season, my 15th year, I sit back and think about that. Then I dive and throw myself into my family. They're next on my bucket list, making sure I'm there for them. And when it comes to the basketball side of it, which is a long time away from now, then I'll think about that."
Wade played a pivotal role in Miami’s lone win in the series, when he poured in 28 points. He also added 25 points in a narrow Game 4 loss. The future Hall of Famer has shown that he can still play at an elite level, but he’s best suited to come off the bench in a more limited role.
While with the Cleveland Cavaliers to open the 2017-18 season, Wade began coming off the bench. When the Cavs traded Wade to the Heat at the February trade deadline, he continued in that role. In 67 games, the shooting guard averaged 11.4 PPG in nearly 23 minutes per game. In five postseason games, Wade averaged 16.6 PPG in roughly 26 minutes of game-time.
Wade won three NBA championships with the Heat.
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