Dwyane Wade on If He'd Consider Joining LeBron James, Lakers: 'Absolutely Not'

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorFebruary 13, 2020

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers jokes with Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat after the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on April 10, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. This was Wade's last NBA game before retirement. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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NBA legend Dwyane Wade squashed any pipe dream of him reuniting with LeBron James and joining the Los Angeles Lakers for the team's stretch run on Thursday's edition of The Jump on ESPN:

Wade, who retired in April 2019, said "Oh no!" before Basketball Hall of Famer and analyst Scottie Pippen could finish his lead-in to a question on whether Wade would consider a comeback. 

"Absolutely not," Wade said. "I don't even look at the game like that no more. ... I am a fan of basketball and I just watch it as a fan, I don't want to play no more, no one wants to see that."

James and Wade played together for the Miami Heat from 2010-14, winning four Eastern Conference titles and two NBA championships. They also briefly suited up together for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017-18.

Wade probably has something left in the tank: The 38-year-old averaged 15.0 points on 43.3 percent shooting in 26.2 minutes off the bench (minus two starts) for the Heat in 2018-19.

The 41-12 Lakers don't have many weaknesses, but a playmaking and scoring guard off the bench to take control of the second unit would be beneficial.

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However, Wade wearing a Lakers uniform (or any other NBA jersey) in live action isn't happening any time soon.

Wade's post-retirement life includes work as an analyst for Turner Sports as well as watching his son, Zaire, play for Sierra Canyon School. That's in addition to work for his wine label, Wade Cellars, among other noteworthy post-retirement business.

As for the Lakers, they lead the Western Conference by four games over the Denver Nuggets heading into the All-Star break.

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