He is 35 years old and has accomplished basically everything a player can accomplish: three NBA titles, an NBA Finals MVP, and 12 All-Star appearances.
But last summer he decided to go for more and leave the Miami Heat, the team he had spent his career with, for the Chicago Bulls. So far, it hasn’t worked out great with the Bulls sitting at 22-23.
The Bulls’ struggles have Wade considering his future in Chicago. When asked if the Bulls’ mediocre record will affect whether or not he opts out of his contract this offseason, Wade gave an honest answer:
I wouldn’t lie to you and say no,” Wade said. “Of course. I can’t play this game forever. I just turned 35 and I have a number in my head how long I want to play. At the end of the day you want to be in a situation where it’s a competitor situation, whatever the case may be. It’s tough in this league as well because a lot of that also depends on how much money you’re willing to make. It depends on what city you’re willing to be in. So it’s a lot of variables to that, but no question about it, what happens throughout this year, as I go into my summer, I’ll definitely take a look at it. I take my career seriously and where I am and where I want to be. And I will do the same thing this summer.”
Wade commented a few weeks ago that his future with the Bulls is largely dependent on Bulls star Jimmy Butler’s future with the team, but with the Bulls’ continued struggles that seems to be changing.
It makes sense Wade wouldn’t want to stick around on a sinking ship. He is reaching the end of an accomplished career, but his numbers have only decreased proportionally with his playing.
He is still averaging 19 points and four assists despite only playing 30 minutes per game, compared to his career averages of 23 points, six assists and 35 minutes per game.
The former Heat star’s veteran expertise and consistent play could make him a great asset to a team contending for a title. No one would be surprised to see him end up playing alongside his friend and former teammate LeBron James next year in Cleveland.