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Heat’s Dwyane Wade Mum On Retirement Decision



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.”




Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks



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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Chicago Bulls

Bulls’ Zach Lavine Meets Privately with Jim Boylen



Amid the division within the Chicago Bulls organization between new head coach Jim Boylen, who took over recently for the fired Fred Hoiberg, and a number of players on the roster, has taken another turn.

According to ESPN’s Malika Andrews and Ramona Shelbourne, Bulls guard Zach LaVine spoke with Boylen one-on-one following the players boycotting of Sunday’s practice imposed by Boylen, which they felt was excessive.

“You just want to be real with people,” LaVine said, per the report. “There shouldn’t be any clouds. I think of myself as one of the leaders on the team. I just wanted to voice my opinion to them.”

“This is a business, this isn’t a dictatorship. We are all grown men, so everybody has a voice.”

Boylen has said that he has spoken with the team regarding the purpose of the practice on Sunday, but it is clear that the dysfunction runs deep in the organization.

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Eastern Conference

Knicks Could Trade Enes Kanter



Enes Kanter’s days as a member of the New York Knicks could be coming to a close as the veteran big man could be traded by the Knicks ahead of this year’s NBA trade deadline, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

If they choose not to trade him, the Knicks could renounce him during the offseason to maximize their cap space so that they could be major players in free agency next summer.

“If the Knicks are going free-agent shopping in July, they will likely do it without Kanter,” Marks speculated. “The impending free agent has a $27.9 million cap hold, and the only clear path for New York to create max room would be to renounce Kanter or let him walk in the summer.

The question leading into the deadline: Will the front office decide to maximize Kanter’s trade value now or keep the center as an insurance policy if they miss out on their free-agent targets?”

Kanter has posted 14.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game for New York this season.

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