After a summer of deep contemplation, Dwyane Wade has announced his intentions to return to the Miami Heat for his 16th NBA season. The 36-year-old announced his return to the Miami Heat in a video entitled “One Last Dance…”
“I feel like it’s right to ask you guys to join me for one last dance, for one last season,” Wade said. “This is it. I’ve given this game everything that I have, and I’m happy about that. I’m going to give it for one last season, everything else I have left.”
During the 10-minute video, Wade went into detail about the factors that played into the decision and how his life’s journey built up to what will be his final NBA season. His mentioned his family frequently, and thanked both them and his fans profusely.
Only once in his career has he not put on a Heat uniform during a season. Wade, of course, had a South Beach homecoming last season after his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers did not go as planned. For the first time in his career, he accepted a bench role and wound up averaging 11.4 points, 3.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game between the two teams, but he showed he has something left in the tank by averaging 16.6 points, 3.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds during the playoffs.
The guard revealed during the postseason that retirement was an option this offseason, but he decided he was not ready to call it quits just yet. Wade now has an opportunity to put the finishing touches on a Hall of Fame career. The 12-time All-Star already has three championships, an NBA Finals MVP and a scoring crown, to name a few. Now, he will have (at least) one more full season of playing in Wade County.