Report: ESPN, TNT already courting Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade’s retirement tour officially concluded at the end of the 2018-19 NBA regular season, but the former Miami Heat legend is already one of the most sought-after names to spearhead the next wave of NBA analysts on network television.
According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, both ESPN and TNT are hoping to bring Wade into their team of former NBA players that have become renowned for their roles as converted TV personalities:
What is already certain is both ESPN and TNT are courting Wade, sources have told The Post. The two networks are preparing pitches for the just-retired Wade to be a studio analyst later in the current playoffs.
Wade has worked ABC/ESPN’s playoff coverage in the past, but it is not clear yet if he would want to be a full-time analyst in his post-playing career.
Wade averaged 15 points, four rebounds and four assists in his final NBA season, finishing his career with over 23,000 points and retiring as the all-time leader in blocks among all guards in league history.
The 37-year-old won three championships as a member of the Heat, making 13 All-Star teams in his 15 seasons in the league, and will arguably go down as the third-best shooting guard in NBA history behind Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, welcomed their first child into the world in November. In addition to the newborn, Wade has three other children.
His eldest son, Zaire, is a heralded high school basketball prospect at the American Heritage School in South Florida.