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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.”

 

 

 

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Cavs’ Larry Drew Discusses Brandon Knight’s Play of Late

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The Cleveland Cavaliers knew that when they acquired Brandon Knight in a trade deadline deal with the Houston Rockets, that they were acquiring a player that may be a ways away from returning to form.

Knight, who missed the entire 2017-2018 season and appeared in only 14 games this season due to a torn ACL, has been showing signs of a return to form in his short stint with the Cavs, and it has caught the attention of Cavaliers’ head coach Larry Drew.

“I know what he’s gone through over a period with the injury and trying to come back from it,” Drew said of Knight, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

“I know what he’s capable of doing. I know what type of player he is. He’s a fierce competitor. Not only does he do it from an offensive end, but defensively, he’s a tough kid. That addition in our lineup gives us a little versatility as far as we can move people around. … And I know how bad he wants to get back to the Brandon Knight of old. Certainly if he can get back to that, you guys are going to see a terrific player.”

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Raptors’ Fred VanVleet Expected To Miss At Least Three Weeks

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Toronto Raptors Fred VanVleet is expected to be sidelined at least three weeks after he suffered a partial ligament injury in his left thumb, according to an official team announcement.

VanVleet will wear a splint on the thumb for around 3 weeks before he will have it removed to be re-evaluated.

The Atlanta Hawks are expected to reach a buyout with point guard Jeremy Lin, who is expected to then sign with Toronto.

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Wizards’ Bradley Beal Optimistic About Team’s Direction

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The Washington Wizards are enduring what some would call a nightmarish season, and it may seem like they are on the verge of blowing it all up, but superstar Bradley Beal is encouraged following his meeting with team owner Ted Leonis recently.

“It went really well. I’d personally rather not talk about what we talked about, but it went really well” Beal said of the meeting, according to the Washington Times’ Matthew Paras.

“It was pretty much just talking about what we’re going to do moving forward.”

Washington will have to make some moves this offseason to give Beal some help, and compensate for the loss of John Wall, who is expected to be sidelined for a year.

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