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5 Possible Future Career Scenarios For Dwyane Wade Without LeBron James

What's Next For D-Wade?

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Dwyane Wade appears to up the creek without a paddle right now. Or is he? In theory, he's still one of the top available free agents. Sure, his body is aging rapidly, but he showed us in the playoffs that there's still some gas left in his tank.

Here are five possible career scenarios for D-Wade, post-LeBron:

5. Retire

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5. Retire

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This scenario is unlikely to play out, but it's also not out of the question. D-Wade has a lot of miles on his aging knees and the breakup of the Big Three could make him decide that he's had enough with life in the NBA.

4. Re-Sign Long-Term With Miami Heat

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4. Re-Sign Long-Term With Miami Heat

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Maybe Wade feels he has many years left to give? Maybe he wants to remain loyal to the only team he's ever played for? It's possible that he could spend 4-5 more years in Miami. Possible, but unlikely.

3. Sign With a Contender To Be a Sixth Man

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3. Sign With a Contender To Be a Sixth Man

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He'd have to take one heck of a paycut to do this, but winning another ring might be worth it to him. Teams like OKC, Dallas, Golden State and Toronto would all love to have an aging D-Wade coming off the bench.

2. Re-Sign Short-Term Deal With Miami Heat

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2. Re-Sign Short-Term Deal With Miami Heat

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Maybe D-Wade knows the end is near? If so, he could sign on for a victory lap with the only team he's ever played for. How loyal is he to the great Pat Riley?

1. Go Home To Chicago Bulls

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1. Go Home To Chicago Bulls

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Don't forget that Wade is from Chi Town, and that he considered signing there in 2010. If he just wants to win at this point, with the added bonus of going home, the Chicago Bulls make the most sense. Maybe they won't get Melo if they get Wade, but he wouldn't be a bad consolation prize.