Dwyane Wade Says He’d Come Out of Retirement to Join Jimmy Butler on Miami Heat - Heat Nation

Dwyane Wade Says He’d Come Out of Retirement to Join Jimmy Butler on Miami Heat

Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade Steve Mitchell / USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat’s offseason just got more fun.

Although franchise legend Dwyane Wade had called it quits after last season, the 2006 Finals MVP jokingly gave fans a glimmer of hope after revealing he’d only come out of retirement for the Heat while referencing free agent forward Jimmy Butler on Twitter.

Wade, 37, retired from the NBA after the conclusion of this past regular season. Although the 16-year veteran was at the tail end of his career, he helped Miami nearly make the playoffs with stellar offense, dazzling defense and productive mentoring.

The Heat’s all-time leading scorer finished his prolific career with averages of 22.0 points, 5.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.

While Wade’s playing career has shown no real signs of a comeback, he certainly could play a factor in Butler choosing to join the Heat. The pair share a close friendship that originated in its time together with the Chicago Bulls during the 2016-17 NBA season. Both players also went to Marquette University.

Despite the Heat’s salary-cap constraints, the Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly open to a sign-and-trade involving Butler so they don’t lose him for nothing. Although the Heat would have to surrender assets, the 29-year-old has the skill set and production to help launch the team into contention.

The 6-foot-8 star put 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists last season.

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