Dwyane Wade has spent 15 years in the National Basketball Association. He’s a three-time NBA champion and eight-time All-NBA. He’s a 12-time All-Star and three-time All Defense. But after 15 years in the league, he’s nearing the end of his career. More than that, he’s likely to retire with the Miami Heat.
But if he’s not ready to call it quits just yet, he’s got a big offer waiting for him. Per ESPN, there’s a three-year offer from China on the table.
“Free-agent guard Dwyane Wade has been offered a three-year, $25 million contract by the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, according to Chinese media reports.”
If that doesn’t sound like a lot, it is. In fact…
“The deal, which is before taxes, would make Wade the highest-paid player in China.”
Here’s the thing, though: Wade doesn’t need money. He’s got plenty of that. Despite averaging 22.5 points per game during his career, he hasn’t averaged 20-plus since 2014-15. If he wants to keep playing for the Heat, the most they can offer him is $5.3 million. Then again, that’s $3 million more than he made last season. Across 67 games for the Cavaliers and Heat, he put up 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
Well actually, there’s one reason in particular that this doesn’t seem too far-fetched. Last week, he signed a lifetime deal with Chinese apparel company Li-Nang. This is what he said at the time:
“This was something I needed to do from the standpoint of building something. That’s what I set out to do. This word we’ll talk about, legacy, I tried to set out to build a legacy for myself and my family. And after six years of that, it’s cool to be here today.”
If he wants to continue building on that legacy, the possibility for him to do so is out there.
Never say never, right?