Report: Dwyane Wade was leaning toward retiring before Erik Spoelstra talked to him

Dwyane Wade was “strongly considering” retirement last week before Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and a few other people were able to convince him to change his mind, according to an Associated Press report.

Wade announced on his Youtube channel Sunday evening he will play one more season with the Heat and then retire from the NBA. The future Hall of Famer is signing a one-year deal with Miami worth $2.4 million.

Dwyane Wade averaged 12.0 points in 21 regular season games with the Heat last season. He began the year with his pal LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was traded to Miami at the 2018 February trade deadline.

The Chicago native posted 16.6 points and 3.6 assists per game during the 2018 postseason and shot 44.3 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from three. Wade turned back the clock a few times during the Heat’s first-round playoff loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He scored 28 points in the Game 2 win and 25 in the Game 4 loss.

Dwyane Wade is the Heat’s career leader in points, assists, steals and games played. He has won three championships and was the 2006 Finals MVP. The 36-year-old enters this upcoming season with career averages of 22.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 982 games with the Heat, Chicago Bulls and Cavaliers.

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