Dwyane Wade will return to the Miami Heat and play one final season, his 16th, he announced in an emotional video broadcast on his YouTube channel.
(You can watch the full video below.)
Wade had been weighing the decision on whether to retire most of the offseason. He said if he did return, it would only be to play for the Heat.
That decision was made official Sunday.
“I’ve always did things my way,” said Wade, who is expected to sign a $2.4 million, one-year contract later this week. “Whether they’ve good or whether they’ve been bad, I got here because I’ve done things the way that 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, everything else I have left.”
Wade, 36, is the Heat’s career leader in points, assists, steals and games played.
He started the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, appearing in a fairly inconsistent 46 games. But he found new life after the Cavs traded him to the Heat in February — averaging 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 21 games. He then averaged 16.6 points in five playoff contests.