Dwyane Wade kept his fans waiting to almost the cusp of NBA training camp, but in an emotional video, he told them what they wanted to hear:
“I feel like it’s right to ask you guys to join me for one last dance, for one last season,” he said about his decision to return to the Miami Heat for his 16th NBA season.
Wade, a free agent, had previously said it was either play for the Heat this season or retire, and he opted for the former.
“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,” he said in the 10-minute video titled “One Last Dance …” and posted on YouTube.
The 12-time All-Star played his first 13 seasons with the Heat before signing with the Chicago Bulls for 2016-17. He started the 2017-18 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being traded back to Miami for the final 21 games of the season.
Wade holds career marks of 22.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He averaged 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game coming off the bench for the Heat this season.
Wade’s return leaves the with 20 players, the maximum, on their training camp roster.
–Field Level Media