Dwyane Wade is 33 years old and has played in the NBA for 12 seasons. We know that Wade will return to the Heat for at least one more season, but many believe his best days are well in the past.

Wade hasn't played in at least 70 regular season games since the 2010-2011 season, and his minutes have dipped in each of the last three seasons. But that is not a sign of his decline as much as it is a way to stretch out his career.

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If it is up to Wade, his one-year, $20 million deal won't be the last contract he signs. In fact, he thinks he will stay around a bit longer, as long as he can continue the production he had last season.

With the addition of Duke freshman phenom Justise Winslow, along with a new contract for scoring dynamo Goran Dragic, Wade should be able to once again conserve his body. But that doesn't mean he needs his teammates to carry him. 

One of the reasons Wade may be pushing the retirement talk back: Getting to yell at Mario Chalmers on a consistant basis.

Wade has never been one to lack confidence, and with a roster bolstered by youth and a returning Chris Bosh, Wade's Heat should be primed for a strong return to the playoffs not just next season but in years to come.