Amid rumors of retirement, Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade announced on Twitter that he'll suit up for one last season, then hang up the shoes on a career that will certainly take him to the Hall of Fame.
Wade was offered a three-year contract worth $25 million to play for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association. The belief was that he'd either take the offer, re-sign with Miami or retire. As it unsurprisingly turns out, the three-time NBA Champion will give it one last run with the franchise that made him a legend.
Drafted fifth overall by the Heat in 2003, Wade quickly went to work in reshaping the franchise. He and Shaquille O'Neal led the Heat to the franchise's first NBA Championship in 2006, defeating the powerhouse Dallas Mavericks in six games.
Wade then formed the next great super team with LeBron James and Chris Bosh in 2010, recruiting both superstars to South Beach. That produced four straight trips to the NBA Finals, and championship rings in 2012 and 2013.
As he heads into the final season of his career, Wade will have absolutely nothing to lose. The three-time NBA champion has 12 All-Star selections and one scoring champion mark on his resume. He's averaged 22.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in his legendary career, and Wade owns just about every major record in the franchise's history books.
The Heat are coming off a season in which they went 44-38, qualifying for the playoffs before losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening round of the playoffs. With Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Josh Richardson in the fold, the Heat are all set to transition out of the post-Wade era.
Wade turns 37 in January and has been hampered by knee injuries throughout the last two seasons, but he can still be an effective player. The Heat now have one more year of the franchise icon, then they can start planning the good-bye and jersey number retirement ceremonies.