Dwyane Wade walked away from the NBA last season. He had his Last Dance and had a great farewell to his NBA career. It’s hard to write a better ending to a Hall of Fame career the way he closed his.
Naturally, there have been rumblings about a possible comeback, mostly fueled by his own teasing comments. He has clarified any rumors and insists he’s done for good, but there will continue to be speculation.
While Wade is almost certainly done, let’s make a case as to why he should consider a return to play with his friend, LeBron James, in the bright lights of Los Angeles.
The Flash still has juice left in the tank
Fans cannot blame a player for calling it quits. After all, he knows his body the best out of everyone. If he thinks it’s time to hang it up, no one has the right to stop him.
However, it’s also important to note that Wade put on an impressive show in his final hurrah. He ended the 2018-19 season with averages of 15.o points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists with a 43.3% shooting clip.
He can still be a bench option for any NBA franchise, which makes him a nice fit for a team like the Lakers. Los Angeles may look to Rajon Rondo to lead the second unit, and Wade has played with Rondo in the past. They could provide a veteran spark together as reserves.
The Lakers’ roster promises a great championship run
It’s unlikely that the three-time NBA champion will come out of retirement for a team that doesn’t have championship aspirations. That’s exactly what he’d be getting with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Wade knows LeBron will continue to play his brand of dominant basketball. The former Cleveland Cavalier continues to defy logic with his 27.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 8.3 assists per night. Moreover, he did this while missing significant time due to his groin injury.
It’s also confirmed that Wade will be working out with his best friend ahead of games. Because of this, he could get to know the Lakers’ tactics and be able to fit in the system that Frank Vogel will implement.
LeBron will have help on this roster, which Wade has acknowledged. There is a young superstar in place in the form of Anthony Davis. He’s coming off a season in which he averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.4 blocks for the New Orleans Pelicans. The big man should be just as dominant, if not more, playing alongside LeBron.
The rest of the supporting cast isn’t too shabby either. Kyle Kuzma is hoping to be the third star on the roster, with Rondo, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook, JaVale McGee, Jared Dudley, and Alex Caruso all in place as well. There is also that Dwight Howard guy.
If Wade joins this roster, the chances of them winning the Western Conference will increase. The Lakers would have to do some tinkering to make it work, and it’s more likely something like this would happen later in the season, especially with a $1.75 million disabled player exception at their disposal. But playing a shortened season may be even better for Wade.
His life revolves around LA now
Wade has lived in South Beach for much of his career. He grew roots and grew as an adult with the Heat. However, his post-playing career so far has taken him far from Miami’s sunny beaches.
He has listed his Miami mansion for over $32 million. Gabrielle Union, his wife, purchased a home in LA’s Sherman Oaks neighborhood for just under $5 million. His son, Zaire Wade, is playing ball with Bronny James. His life is pretty much attached to the West Coast now.
These circumstances make it easy for Wade to consider signing with the Lakers. Nobody will deny that he can still play ball at 37. It’s all a matter of whether Wade wants to suit up for a championship one last time.