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Report: Dwyane Wade receives lucrative offer to play in China

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Dwyane Wade (NBA Getty Images)

Don't be surprised if Dwyane Wade isn't in the NBA next season. According to multiple reports, the Chinese Basketball Association's Zhejiang Golden Bulls have offered the 12-time All-Star a three-year, $25 million contract.

While it remains to be seen if Wade will accept the offer, it's much more than the Miami Heat can put on the table this offseason, as Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel noted:

The Heat, who are operating above the NBA salary cap, are limited either to an offer of the $5.3 million taxpayer mid-level exception for 2018-19 to Wade or the $2.3 million minimum salary for a player of Wade's 15-season NBA tenure.

Now 36-years-old, Wade isn't the superstar he once was, but he transitioned well into playing a backup role on the Cleveland Cavaliers and Heat last season. In 67 games, the veteran averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.9 steals per contest.

Wade was even better in the playoffs, with averages of 16.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game in the Heat's first round series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Wade said after the season that he had given retirement some thought, but he didn't rule out a return to the Heat.

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