Dwyane Wade has decided to return for one final season with the Miami Heat.
Wade made the announcement to re-sign with Miami for his 16th season with almost a week left before training camp and will suit up alongside Udonis Haslem in what will be their farewell season together.
“I’ve given this game everything I have and I’m happy about that,” Wade told The Athletic’s Shams Charania. “And I’m going to give it for one last season, everything else that I have left.”
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 maintained he was only interested in signing with the Heat if he chose to continue his career, resisting a lucrative offer from a Chinese team among others, while keeping busy on the court with LeBron James and other NBA players throughout the offseason. Pat Riley held out hope for both Wade and Haslem to return for their 16th and final NBA season together and roster spots were left open for their return. Nevertheless, fans were left anxiously awaiting Wade’s decision once Haslem recently revealed his intention of returning.
The 3-time NBA champion and 2006 NBA Finals MVP is the leader in just about every major statistical category for the Heat and is a 12-time NBA All-Star. After a season and a half playing for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade returned to the Heat at the trade deadline to great fanfare and was effective off the bench in Dion Waiters’ absence.
Heat Media Day is set for Monday, September 24 and the team will hold training camp at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus from September 25 through September 29.