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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade still hasn’t decided whether he will play in 2018-19.
“I wish I had an answer for you. I don’t have it today,” Wade told Miami reporters. “… A lot goes into it. We’ve kind of talked about it over the course of my career. So you guys can play the tape back and hear the same answers over and over again. But a lot goes into it.”
Wade, 36, is an unrestricted free agent. He has made it clear if he does return to the NBA, it will only be with the Heat. He would likely sign for the Heat’s one-year, $5.3 million exception.
“You’ve got to call my agent and ask him,” Wade said when asked what the Heat are offering. “I haven’t dealt with the money part of it.”
The Heat recently re-signed big man Udonis Haslem, a close friend of Wade’s. Haslem has said he has been trying to convince return.
“My mindset has always been for us to finish it together,” Haslem told the Associated Press. “I want us to do a whole season together. Experience the road, dinner on the road, go through that whole process. I want us to experience that together.”
But with the start of training camp two weeks away, nothing is for certain.
“Whichever day the decision comes, it comes,” Wade said. “And that’s the right day, whatever date that is.”
Wade 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 games.