Dwyane Wade Announces He's Returning to the Heat for 'One Last Dance'

Tanya Simon
September 18, 2018

Dwyane Wade posted a video on YouTube tonight to announce this will be his final season.

Wade put off a decision about retiring or returning to the Heat for much of the summer, but the video he posted on Sunday explained his thought process and emotions that will carry him into his final year as an National Basketball Association player. Wade says this will be the last season of his career. He said repeatedly over the last several months that he would play with the Heat or nowhere, in large part because of family commitments - such as his son Zaire being a highly touted prospect about to go into his junior year of high school.

Wade called his last season his "Sweet 16".

"And I've heard everything from my family to my fans around the world of what I should and shouldn't do", he said.

"And what I feel is right".

The 12-time All-Star played his first 13 seasons with the Heat before signing with the Chicago Bulls for 2016-17.

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Wade said, reeling off a list of questions that he pondered when making the decision. He spent the beginning of last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, prior to being shipped to Miami at the trade deadline.

Miami kept one roster spot open for Wade and was prepared to give him as much time as he needed to make a decision.

The plan going into this season will be to keep Wade in that reserve role, probably somewhere between 20 and 25 minutes per game.

"These things to you guys may seem small", Wade said.

Wade's final regular-season game won't be his final game overall if the Heat makes the playoffs, as many expect. "Let's push this young team over the hump, and let's write our own story to the end of this career together. together".

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