After the Miami Heat were eliminated by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs on Tuesday night, the three-time champion was immediately peppered with questions about whether he'll be possibly retiring. It wasn't quite as impressive as his 28-point effort in Game 2, but he still looked a lot like the old Wade.
While I'd be shocked if he wasn't shopped this summer, there's also a very good chance that the Miami Heat might be stuck with him for the next two seasons. Shortly after his return to the Heat, Wade told ESPN he wanted to be with the team "forever" and did not want a farewell tour whenever he does decide to retire.
Spoelstra said Wade as a reserve still has legs, if Wade still has the legs for it.
Looking back at a few highlights for Wade with the Heat this season, there are a couple games that jump out.
"That's not my focus", He explained to a pool of reporters after the game. They're next on my bucket list, making sure I'm there for them.
If he does decide to retire, it will be the end for a player that has spent almost all of his career with the Heat and leads the franchise in games played (876), minutes played (31,027), points (20,473), assists (5,009) and steals (1,433).
Wade once again was in a reserve role in Game 5, logging 11 points (on 4-for-15 shooting), five rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes.
Those issues: the futures of Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade. After signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason, Wade was happy to be reunited with LeBron James and chase another ring. Wade was nearly looking to replicate some kind of old history when he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in the past offseason.
There was plenty of reaction to Wade's future.
"Obviously you would love for a better ending, but you can't forget all of the good things about it", said Wade.
Whiteside has voiced his frustrations with not closing out games at various points during the year, as the center has not agreed with coach Erik Spoelstra choosing to often roll with a smaller lineup in crunch time.