Dwyane Wade fuels possible retirement by saying he's "focused on the game after basketball"

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One notable free agent that is yet to be signed this summer is veteran Dwyane Wade. 

The 36-year-old just completed his 15th year in the league and is choosing to take his time to consider his options. 

After winning three championships and multiple awards, there isn't much left for the legendary shooting guard to achieve or prove. 

Wade has always been coy about his plans for next season but he recently dropped a major hint that he could be preparing for retirement. 

Life after the game

The 12-time All-Star is currently in China where he signed a lifetime shoe deal with Li-Ning on Wednesday. 

He says he's not currently using this time to focus on his playing career but on life after basketball instead.

"When I get back from China, I'll focus on that," Wade said, according to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press.

"Right now, I’m focused on the game after basketball. Whatever happens in basketball, it happens.

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"I've done everything that I can to this point to put myself that I’m 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."

The former Finals MVP's noncommittal words would indicate that he's possibly leaning towards retirement. 

Hall of Fame career

If he does decide to call time on his illustrious career, there will definitely be a place in the Hall of Fame waiting for him in the coming years.

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He spent most of his career with the Miami Heat, where he won his three rings, before short spells with the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Wade was traded back to Miami by the Cavs at the deadline last season, allowing him to retire with the franchise that he enjoyed his success with for over a decade. 

He helped them return to the playoffs and rolled back the years on some occasions in that first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

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D-Wade's incredible career has also seen him garner eight All-NBA selections and three All-Defensive nods. 

But father time is catching up with him and his days in the league are definitely numbered. 

Whether he continues or not, his legacy is set as he'll go down as one of the best two guards to ever play in the NBA. 

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