Wade, who wrapped up his 15th season in the NBA, is nearing the end of his career, and now must decide if he wants to return for a 16th season.
As of right now, though, Wade isn’t thinking about retirement.
“That’s not my focus,” Wade said of his potential retirement following the series ending loss to the Sixers (h/t ESPN).
“Fresh off this NBA season, my 15th year, I sit back and think about that. Then I dive and throw myself into my family. They’re next on my bucket list, making sure I’m there for them. And when it comes to the basketball side of it, which is a long time away from now, then I’ll think about that.”
Wade also indicated that he had no interest in discussing his future after his team was eliminated.
“I love Philly, but ain’t gonna be no breaking news here in Philly,” Wade said. “I’m sorry. I appreciate [the concern], but let me worry about that later.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he couldn’t bring himself to think about a potential Wade retirement.
“I don’t even want to go there. You’re going to make me emotional if we start to think about that or talk about that right now,” Spoelstra said.
Wade made his return to Miami, where he spent 13 seasons of his career, after being away for 2 seasons, at the NBA trade deadline and it has been quite the storybook tale for the icon and the team.
“I’ve loved it,” Spoelstra said about Wade’s return to the Heat.
“Each day that he’s been back, I’ve just been trying to enjoy it. I didn’t think that this would happen this year. I thought this would be one of those situations on down the line that would be a ceremonial signing to have him back. When it happened so quickly, he fit right in, and that just speaks to his humility.”
Wade showed he can still bring it in the playoffs, and averaged 18 points during the series.
Wade tipped his cap to the young Sixers team.
“I think they grew up and learned some things from us and the way we pushed them,” Wade said. “You want to see good things. I mean, these guys are the future of the NBA, and the NBA is in great hands with Ben [Simmons] and Joel and those guys.”
Pacers Sign Myles Turner to Four-Year, $80 Million Contract Extension
Turner, an ascending player, poured in 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game last season for Indiana, who with the new contract now protects their investment in building around Turner as their franchise player.
Celtics’ Terry Rozier Rejected Contract Extension Offer
Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier rejected a contract extension from the team that would have paid him roughly $12 million annually, according to a report from A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.
Rozier’s decision to decline the contract offer was a decision made by him and his management team.
“I’m in a great situation,” Rozier said, according to NBC Sports Boston. “My team felt it wasn’t good for me to sign an extension right now. It opens my options a little bit, but I’m focused on what’s happening right now.”
Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis Not Expected to Receive Extension Before Deadline
The New York Knicks are not expected to give Kristaps Porzingis a contract extension before the end of Monday’s deadline, which will make the budding franchise player a restricted free agent next summer, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.
Porzingis’ season-ending torn ACL and a desire to create as much cap flexibility so they can be major players in next summer’s free agency appear to be the main factors in the team coming to this decision.
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