NBA Rumor: Dwyane Wade Retirement

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Was there a particular point in your playing career where you mapped out the vision for when you retired? Dwyane Wade: I think that plan is ever-evolving. The first time the idea ever came to me [about post-playing career plans] was when I got my first major injury in the NBA. I dislocated my shoulder and tore my rotator cuff; and that’s the first time I realized ‘oh man, I may not come back to the same player that I was’. So that was the moment I started to get my ducks in a row, when it came to matters off the court, if my career ends early. So I started having those thoughts at a young age. Along the way, myself and my team continue to challenge ourselves to do more and build more.

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The Wade tributes — called “L3GACY Celebration” — will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s event at AmericanAirlines Arena will be a series of tributes to honor Wade’s impact on the Heat and the South Florida community. Wade’s jersey No. 3 will be retired Saturday before the Heat host the Cavaliers. Sunday, a documentary will be screened highlighting Wade’s NBA career, with the 13-time All-Star and three-time champion addressing the crowd.

Wade has a full workload with sponsorship deals, TV projects and a role with Turner Sports on the new NBA on TNT Tuesday Night studio show alongside former players Candace Parker and Shaquille O’Neal and host Adam Lefkoe. The show debuts Jan. 28 ahead of TNT’s two games that night – Boston vs. Miami and Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers. “The biggest thing is just really being excited, talking to the Turner family and producers and everybody involved about what this show can be,” said Wade, 38. “I don’t know how good I will be or how terrible I will be. …But I’m excited to go on TV and talk about the game and bring a perspective that I don’t even know that I have yet and just have fun.”

He joined CAA, the firm that has represented him for his professional career, as the leader of CAA AMP, a cultural strategy agency designed to find new audiences and consumer engagement. “My value was more than my name and I can help this brand go beyond,” Wade said. “We sat down and came up with everything I felt was missing in the workplace in CAA from a brand-marketing standpoint and focusing on diverse voices and having people in the room that look like you and I and not just looking one way. I wanted to step into the culture and be the voice for my culture for minorities, period. Hopefully, we can create something that’s pretty cool together.”

Italian team wanted Dwyane Wade

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan president Pantaleo Dell’Orco, Giorgio Armani’s right hand, discussed various topics surrounding the Italian club with La Gazzetta Dello Sport. Livio Proli’s successor went on to explain Milan’s take on Mike James’ departure and also revealed that the team wanted to sign Dwyane Wade in the summer. “He was under contract with us.” Dell’Orco mentioned on James, “He talked to Ettore Messian twice and meanwhile he started playing tournaments with friends in the United States. This is not professional.” “This summer we wanted to sign an important NBA player.” he said on Wade, “We were interested in Dwyane Wade but we took some time.”

“I mean he came out and said: ‘don’t believe the hype, he’s retired, etc., Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. “Dwyane Wayne looked good last year. I’ll say this: I think if Dwyane is in contention, and i don’t know if that can happen without Chris Paul, but if they stay in contention, I can see a possibility where they can get Dwynae in. It’s gonna be hard to believe, I know that Dwaynes son is playing on the same high school team LeBron’s son is in LA. I can’t see Dwayne playing for the Lakers, I can’t see that. I think if he did come back, it’d be back in Miami. But he’s still in shape, still in the gym with his trainer. He still looks good. I think there’s a good chance he would if he did come out of retirement at some point.”

Dwyane Wade not done?

Although Wade retired last season, he is on the cover of the “Legend Edition” of the NBA 2K20 video game, with Lakers forward Anthony Davis on the cover of the standard edition of the game, which was released Friday. Is there any chance Wade could be inspired to play one more season with James after watching their sons team up for one season? “I’m done, but my trainer is going to keep me in shape just in case something happens,” Wade said, smiling. “I’m going to stay in shape because you never know. Never say never.”

What’s next for Wade? More time with his wife, Gabrielle Union-Wade, more time with his son Zaire during his senior season of high school basketball, more moments with his son Zion and more diaper changes with his months-old daughter Kaavia. And more free time in the city he has become forever linked to. “I think kids that are probably 12 or around that age, they think I’m from Miami,” Wade said with a grin. “When I was young, I thought Michael Jordan was from Chicago. That’s a great thing. I definitely think that when you think about Miami, anyone around the world whether it’s sports or not, I think my name comes up.”

In addition to the change of environment and learning how to make adjustments, Dwyane revealed he’s going to start therapy sessions to help him better adapt to a life without playing basketball all the time. “I’ll be in therapy,” he said. “I already told my wife, we need to do it a little bit. I was always against it, someone who doesn’t know me, telling me how to live my life and giving me instructions. I need somebody to talk to about it because it’s a big change and I have a long life to live and there’s other great things I can accomplish. I have no idea what it is yet that I want to do. But, I want to do a little bit of everything. I want to see what I can be great at. I’m so used to being great at something.”

“We’re moving, well not moving, but we’re going to spend more time in L.A. and there’s a few things that I’ve had to make an adjustment to that she’s not used to,” Dwyane said, referring to Gabrielle, in the interview. “I like new sheets on my bed everyday and fresh towels.” “You don’t need it everyday,” Gabrielle responded. “We’re on the black actress salary in L.A. and now that the athlete salary will be joining me in L.A. in more of a full time basis, some of those things I don’t think are necessary every day.”
3 years ago via ESPN

Dwyane Wade, down to what could be the final four games of his career as the Miami Heat’s playoff status remains in flux, says he will seek professional help to deal with life after basketball. In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that aired Friday on The Jump, Wade said he has overcome a skeptical attitude and embraced the idea of talking to a clinician. “I’ll be in therapy. Seriously,” Wade said. “I meant it, it is going to be a big change. I told my wife, I said, ‘I need to do therapy, and we need to do a little bit.’”

“The thing I think I will miss the most is the interaction with my teammates in the locker room, the bus rides, the plane rides, the things outside the court,” Wade said at Target Center on Friday, hours before the Heat played the Minnesota Timberwolves. “[On] the court, 20,000 cheering for you, booing you, is incredible and you’re definitely going to miss that, but it’s the locker-room vibe, the friendships, the brotherhood, the bonds that you build with guys in so many walks of life.”

He turned in a solid performance, scoring 16 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists while helping to lead the Heat to a 100-92 victory over the Knicks on Saturday. “You love playing here,” Wade said. “You hear about it. When I played here in college, I had the opportunity to play here, the coaches versus cancer classic, it was just immediately that feel. That feel was there. Getting the opportunity to come and play in the NBA has just been special.”

For Wade, this is his final year and farewell tour — his “one last dance” — but even he acknowledges that he has the ability to keep playing. “I know I can play a solid two more years, especially in this role that I’m in now,” Wade told The Athletic. “I can play another two, three years, definitely. “People around me want me to keep playing. But I made the decision to say this was my last season and I wanted to walk away the way I’m walking away now and have no regrets about it.”

“He’s done and experienced so much in the league, and he’s been really good as an older guy with all the younger guys in the league, as well,” Durant said. “I think he’s invested so much into basketball, especially physically, that it’s just time to walk away and pursue what’s next in his life. As a hooper from day one, I can appreciate that about D-Wade, especially battling him in the Finals and throughout my whole career. It’s good to see guys go out the way they want to.”
3 years ago via ESPN

As has been custom during Wade’s farewell tour this season, the Heat guard exchanged jerseys with a player from the opposing team. On Sunday, that player was Curry. “It seems like he’s got a lot more in the tank,” Curry said. “That’s what I told him after the game. ‘Are you sure? I know you got a lot of stuff going on off the court with your family and stuff. Are you sure you don’t have a couple more years left in there?’ Obviously, with him going to every road arena one more time, it’s a different energy for sure.”
3 years ago via ESPN

“Everything he has done for that organization, it’s been amazing,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “And yet he’s still out there this year playing well. It’s good to see a guy, I think if you looked at D-Wade three years ago, you kind of worried, like, ‘Ahh is it over?’ And he’s battled back from that, and it’s good to see a guy who’s great as D-Wade was close out on a strong note. The way he’s playing this year, it’s great to see him go out like that. You kind of hate to see a guy limp out of the game, and there are some kids that will see some of these older guys and be like, ‘Oh man, he sucked.’ No, if you knew that guy five years ago, like — but that’s just the nature of the business we’re in. However, like I said, I think D-Wade is playing amazing this year. It’s good to see him go out on a high note.”
3 years ago via ESPN

Warriors star Kevin Durant echoed similar sentiments. “I’m not surprised,” he said of Wade’s upcoming retirement. “I wouldn’t be surprised either way if he would have kept playing or if he would have retired. He’s done and experienced so much in this league, and he’s been really good as an older guy with all the younger guys as well. So I think he’s invested so much into basketball spiritually and physically that it’s just time to walk away and pursue what’s next in his life. As a hooper from day one, I can appreciate that about D-Wade, especially battling him in the Finals and throughout my whole career. It’s good to see guys go out the way they want to.”

Right. [Wade had said that he can retire now that Winslow is playing so well.] When you hear that, what did it make you think? Justise Winslow: “I don’t want him to retire, man. To be honest, he’s just a great voice for this team in general. And for me, he sees the drive and the desire to be great for me. I’ve just been everywhere he’s been. Whether it’s a family event he’s having, or a sponsor event. I’m just trying to soak it all in. I’d rather him not retire, but One Last Dance, so… It’s surreal. Even to this day. I think it’s because I’ve played with him but I was telling someone that he’s the second or third best shooting guard of all time. Sometimes I just forget that and think, ‘Oh, he’s just old as ****.’ That sort of thing. But he can still take over games. He can still find his rhythm. He’s so personable and we’re close now, it’s almost just a big brother now. It’s not D-Wade giving back, it’s just my older brother looking out for me.”

“I continue to say, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of trying to adjust my game to my body or my age or the way the game has changed,” Dwyane Wade said. “But also, I tell people, I’m retiring because I want to, not because I physically can’t play the game no more. I think I’ve actually found a pretty good role that if I wanted to stay in it for a while, I think I could do a good job in it in my minutes of coming off the bench and being a spark at different times. But for me, it’s something I want to do. It’s time for me to walk away from the game. It’s not because of a talent standpoint, it’s just that I’ve given it enough. I want to give something else what I’ve given to the game of basketball.”

“I’ve always did things my way,” Wade said in an emotional social-media video that he taped Sunday afternoon and released in the evening. “Whether they’ve good or whether they’ve been bad, I got here because I’ve done things the way I feel is right for me and right for my family. And what I feel is right … I feel it’s right to ask you guys to join me for one last dance, for one last season. “This is it. I’ve given this game everything that I have, and I’m happy about that, and I’m going to give it for one last season.”

It was hardly a guarantee that Wade, a 22.5-point scorer for his career, would return. His decision took months longer than some expected, partly because he was deciding what he wanted to do, partly because he was dealing with some personal business and some family business, and partly because it took him and the Heat some time to figure out what made sense for both sides. A person familiar with Wade’s thinking told The Associated Press that the guard was strongly considering retirement until late last week, when Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and others made a late push to help him decide.

Wade reiterated that the decision has always come down to Heat or retirement. “It’s not a Part B to it,” he said. “I think I’ve been very open and honest to my loved ones and to everybody when I spoke about some of the process. I always said that when I got traded back to Miami, that was it for me. I said it in the first interview and I don’t want to pack my bags to go nowhere. My family’s here, my kid are growing, so definitely if I’m not wearing a Miami Heat jersey next year, I’ll be wearing it under one of my sweaters or jackets.”

The Heat, because of their salary-cap situation, are limited to an offer of either the $2.4 million veteran-minimum salary for 2018-19 or their $5.3 million taxpayer mid-level exception. The Heat are limited beyond that with Wade lacking Bird Rights, having been reacquired at last season’s trading deadline from the Cleveland Cavaliers, after first leaving the Heat for his hometown Chicago Bulls in 2016 free agency following contentious negotiations with the Heat. “You’ve got to call my agent and ask him,” Wade said, when asked if the Heat had extended the maximum possible offer. “I haven’t dealt with the money part of it.”

I am also told by representatives of the club and of the player that Wade being comfortable with his role is critical. He returned last midseason in a bench role, a reserve in all 21 games. He also came off the bench in all five playoffs games. (It would have been four playoff games, but Wade scored 28 points in 26 minutes to give Miami its only postseason win, reminding us what he still is capable of at least in bursts). I have not been told Wade would demand to start. But does he see himself good for more than 25 minutes a game? He mentioned recently that he embraces a mentor’s role for the club’s many young guys still developing, “but you also want to play,” he added. A significant addendum, I thought.

Dwyane Wade again has declined to offer clarity or finality when it comes to his decision about returning to the NBA or Miami Heat. In an interview with the Associated Press that focused on his Wednesday lifetime deal with China-based sporting-apparel manufacturer Li Ning, the Heat’s all-time leading scorer put aside the matter of his NBA future. “When I get back from China, I’ll focus on that,” Wade told the Associated Press. “Right now, I’m focused on the game after basketball. Whatever happens in basketball, it happens. I’ve done everything that I can to this point to put myself that I’m in this position I am today, where I can do something that hasn’t been done globally yet.

“To be here, to be back, to be a part of that, to be a part of leading not only by voice but leading by example, laying it all out on the line with these guys, I felt good about that. I felt good about the Miami Heat whole organization and its future and the kind of players and the kind of people that are in that locker room and in the organization. I was thankful that I could come back and be a part of that.” Asked about retirement, Wade then said, “I’ve given it thought.”
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