Dwyane Wade has made a decision. After months of speculation, the superstar shooting guard will return to the Miami Heat for a final season or as Wade aptly put it, “One last dance.”
Farewell 16th season for @DwyaneWade: “I’ve given this game everything I have and I’m happy about that. And I’m going to give it for one last season, everything else that I have left.” https://t.co/T86km4WrQ0
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 17, 2018
Wade is coming off a unique 2017-18 season where he found himself coming off the bench for the first time in his decorated 15-year career. The former Finals MVP had to give up his spot as the starting two-guard to J.R. Smith as the Cleveland Cavaliers tried to find an identity after a haul of new players to start the season.
Dwyane Wade returned to Miami after a trade deadline beater of a deal by the Cavs, bringing him home — where he truly belongs. He played in 21 games for the Heat last year, averaging 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.
Despite the steep decline in his numbers, Wade displayed flashes of his vintage self in the playoffs' first round against the Philadelphia 76ers, resuscitating the hopes of the future Hall of Famer coming back for one more season.
Wade also granted the wish of his long-time teammate and good friend, Udonis Haslem, who, after re-signing with the Heat, expressed his ultimate desire to ride off into the sunset with The Flash.
41 road games, one final appearance for Wade in a Heat jersey at American Airlines Arena, and one final matchup with each of his banana boat buddies will be nights full of emotion this 2018-19 season.
Wade gave everyone an intimate look into his announcement in a heartfelt and highly-emotional video detailing his decision-making process.
The Heat open the season against the Orlando Magic on October 17. Wade's final home game will be on April 9 against the Sixers.