As one of the best remaining free-agents left on the market, 36-year-old Dwyane Wade is facing some serious choices this sumer.
While his game has, admittedly, taken a significant step back, he is still capable of stepping up in the big moments, and his Championship experience can help bolster any locker room in need of a veteran presence. For many, Wade is destined to bring those assets to the Miami Heat, where he's spent the majority of his illustrious NBA career.
There is another option for Wade, if he decides the game is just too much for his body to bear: retirement. Reportedly, it's trying to decide between retirement or another season in the NBA that has stalled his return to the Heat this summer.
In China, the Xinjiang Flying Tigers are giving Dwyane a new option.
According to Sportando, the Chinese pro-basketball team is preparing to offer the veteran shooting guard a "monster" deal, likely consisting of way more money than anything close to what he'd currently get in the NBA. Earlier this week, Wade signed a lifetime deal with the Chinese apparel company Li-Ning and has been in China to promote the release of his "Way of Wade 7" shoe. So, joining the Flying Tigers is certainly an option Wade would consider if he's serious about marketing his brand in China
Plus, even at 36-years-old, he'd likely be amongst the league's top performers.
Here's what he told the Associated Press regarding the fate of his future:
When I get back from China, I'll focus on that. Right now, I'm focused on the game after basketball.
"Whatever happens in basketball, it happens. I've done everything that I can to this point to put myself in this position I am today, where I can do something that hasn't been done globally yet. The basketball will take care of itself. I'll sit down and figure that out once I get back from this tour at some point.
It's clear he's taking his time in making the decision, and there is no reason why he shouldn't. There's plenty of up-side for Dwyane Wade to return to the Miami Heat, just like there's plenty of up-side in retirement. Playing ball in China, though, would take things to a different (and uncharted) territory. Nobody of his caliber has really done anything like it before. Who's to say he can't be the first?