Dwyane Wade isn’t sure if he is set to play basketball this year. However, if he does, there’s only one team for him.
Wade, who recently signed a large endorsement deal with a Chinese sneaker company, reportedly fielded a big offer to play in China. However, he won’t be taking the deal, that is reportedly good for three years and worth in excess of $20 million.
Nope, if D-Wade returns for one more season, it will be in the NBA, for the team that he has spent the vast majority of his career with: the Miami Heat.
Wade began last season playing with longtime friend LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was traded back to the Heat at mid-season after a few years away.
At the Jr. NBA World Championships today, Dwyane Wade said he will only play for the Heat, if he returns.
Miami Herald Heat beat writer Manny Navarro asked Wade about his future at the event.
Asked @DwyaneWade if he might play in China: “Heat only. If I play the game of basketball this year it will be in a Miami uniform. If I don’t I’ll be living in Miami or somewhere else probably.” pic.twitter.com/HihDxfMfvM
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) August 11, 2018
In another tweet, Navarro got something of a timetable for a decision from Wade:
“When the decision needs to be made it will be made. It’s different now. It’s not like we’re sitting down trying to figure out a $100M contract and I need to sign it by July 8th. So we have time.”
If Wade wants to play for the Heat, the Heat will have him. Pat Riley said as much earlier this summer. From ESPN:
“I want him back as a player,” Riley said. “I want him back as a competitor. I want him back as a guy who wants to have the greatest year he ever had as a player. I read more articles about ‘Dwyane being done, he’s lost a step, he’s not the same player, he might not have the same motivation.’ But I still see a player who can contribute heavily if he really wants to.”
Wade turned 36 in January. He averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game between the Cavs and Heat last season.