One of the best Shooting Guards that the NBA has ever seen made a huge announcement on YouTube Sunday night. Heat legend Dwyane Wade announced that he would retire following the 2018-19 season. “This is it,” says Wade. “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.”
Wade has spoken previously about receiving a “farewell tour” similar to how Kobe was treated in 2015-16. He said he never planned to retire like that, but knows that 1 more year is all he can give to the NBA. The fact of the matter is that this is not a surprise to most people. The only people who were expecting anything else believed that Wade would retire before the start of the season. Wade has struggled since his knees began to degrade back in the “Big 3 era” with Miami, and hasn’t truly been the D-Wade everyone came to love since the 2010-11 season.
Though Wade has played for 3 different franchises (Miami, Chicago, and Cleveland), he was on another level throughout his early with Miami. Him and Shaq were able to bring Miami a NBA title in 2006 as well as very strong teams from 2004-2007. Wade teamed up with LeBron James and Chris Bosh in 2010 and went on to win 2 of 4 championships in a 4 year span.
Since the Big 3 broke up, Wade has had a series of ups and downs with new teams. Wade signed with his home-town team of Chicago in free agency and played fairly well for the majority of the season before being ousted by the Boston Celtics in the first round. Wade was reunited in Cleveland with LeBron at the start of the 2017-18 season, but things went down-hill fast for Wade with the Cavs. Wanting to do right by Wade, Cleveland sent him back to Miami so that Wade could finish his career with the team he loved.
When it’s all said and done, Wade will go down as a top 20 player in NBA history, and one of the most dominant guards of his era. I think that I speak for all NBA fans when I say this, we appreciate everything you have done for the sport of basketball and thank you for being one of the most electric players in league history.