As wait for Dwyane Wade’s decision continues, Gabrielle Union says she thinks he could play ‘two or three more years’

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat watches his shot in the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Heat defeated the 76ers 113-103. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

MIAMI — This is going to be an interesting offseason for Dwyane Wade.

It will include a big decision at some point, but right now he’s enjoying a nice vacation. The future Hall of Famer and his wife, Gabrielle Union, have spent the past few days in Monte Carlo, Monaco for the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix to root on friend and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, who finished in third place.

Wade shared a moment with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the race.

Wade also posted a photo from a workout that featured a “Three Oh Five” Heat shirt, with the message: “On Vacation working out. Not home but always repping!!!”

But the moment that most will remember Wade’s offseason for has yet to happen. The 12-time All-Star will decide if he will return for a 16th NBA season.

For the first time in Wade’s career, he admitted publicly that he will consider retirement this offseason. That doesn’t mean the 36-year-old can’t still play, though, as he averaged 16.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting in the playoffs and looked like the Heat’s best player at times.

Union said she believes her husband can still “play two or three more years” during an appearance on The Ringer’s podcast hosted by Larry Wilmore. Along with answering some basketball questions, she also discussed her new film “Breaking In,” her memoir “We’re Going to Need More Wine” and the #MeToo movement.

“If it was from what I can see and the way he’s playing — absolutely,” Union said when asked if she believes Wade can still play. “He can play two or three more years with the way he’s playing because his mid-range jumper is nice and he can still get to the basket.

“He can absolutely keep playing, but I don’t know if he’s over it.”

This comment isn’t surprising, considering Union tweeted, ” I hope this isnt the end, but my God… @DwyaneWade has a career most people dream of. He is a damn legend. An icon. And hes cute,” immediately after the Heat’s season ended in April.

The Heat acquired Wade from the Cavaliers in a Feb. 8 trade. He averaged 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in a bench role in 21 regular-season games with Miami this past season.

If Wade does decide to continue his playing career, he said it will be with the Heat.

What can Miami offer Wade as it hovers around the luxury tax? Likely just a minimum contract or the exception it gets — either the $5.4 million taxpayer mid-level exception or the $8.8 million mid-level exception.

Wade did not speak to the media the day Heat players met for their exit interviews. The last time he spoke publicly about his future came after Miami’s season-ending Game 5 loss in Philadelphia.

“Y’all know I’ve given it thought,” he said on April 24 when asked if he’s retiring. “This is Philly and I love Philly, but there ain’t gonna be no breaking news here. I appreciate y’all’s concern, but we’ll worry about that later. I ain’t gonna break nothing here.”

The waiting game continues.

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