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Heat’s Dwyane Wade Mum On Retirement Decision

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The Miami Heat were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, and immediately the attention turned to the future of Dwyane Wade.

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.”

 

 

 

Chicago Bulls

Bulls Pulling Jabari Parker from Regular Rotation

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It appears that the Chicago Bulls are souring on Jabari Parker, who will reportedly be pulled from the regular rotation, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

The 23-year old Parker came to Chicago via a two-year, $40 million deal during the offseason, and marked a return to his hometown and a chance to re-ignite his career.

Now, it appears certain that the Bulls will decline his option, sending Parker back to free agency next summer.

“Jabari has been great,” Bulls head coach Jim Boylen said, according to Andrews. “He understands. Jabari wants to make it about helping the team win. And that’s what I’ve asked him to do.”

Parker has averaged 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds for Chicago this season.

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Detroit Pistons

Pistons Interested in 76ers’ Markelle Fultz

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The Detroit Pistons may be in the market for a point guard and are apparently eyeing struggling Philadelpha 76ers’ point guard Markelle Fultz, according to The Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis.

Detroit is reportedly eyeing a young point guard in preparation for the potential departure of Reggie Jackson via free agency following next season.

The report pointed out that in order to take on Fultz, the Pistons would have to move money around to avoid the luxury tax.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Tristan Thompson for two-to-four weeks with a sprained left foot, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.

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