The recently-retired Dwynae Wade is still fresh off of a farewell tour with the Miami Heat, who failed to make the playoffs. Life after Wade for the Heat is likely to be still in salary cap purgatory. But the eventual Hall of Fame shooting guard has more job offers rolling in, namely by the companies who broadcast him.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post says that both ESPN and TNT are preparing pitches for Wade to join their studio broadcast teams for the current playoff run. It is not clear if these pitches include next season, though both companies would surely be enamored with the possibility of beefing up their coverage beyond. Wade has done playoff coverage before for ESPN/ABC, but there is no indication if he wants to continue that as a season-long venture.
ESPN’s first team for their NBA Countdown Show features Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, and Paul Pierce with Michele Beadle hosting. Just a few weeks ago, Pierce was asked about who had the better career: him, or Wade. Pierce naturally picked him self and added “that’s easy”. So maybe if the world wants additional tension, Wade should join ESPN just to fight that.
Paul Pierce says he had a better career than Dwyane Wade ? pic.twitter.com/8Q6AbYNxe1
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) April 6, 2019
TNT has a more stable cast of characters like Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal with Ernie Johnson hosting. That group is less of a rotation and more of a staple, whereas ESPN flips out people occasionally and adds Stan Van Gundy or others. Regardless, it appears Dwyane Wade will have several options available to him should he want to pursue a career in studio broadcasting.