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Sources: ESPN, TNT Courting Dwyane Wade For Playoffs Role

Wade has worked as a studio analyst for ABC/ESPN’s playoff coverage in the past
Photo: NBAE/getty images
Wade has worked as a studio analyst for ABC/ESPN’s playoff coverage in the past
Photo: NBAE/getty images
Wade has worked as a studio analyst for ABC/ESPN’s playoff coverage in the past
Photo: NBAE/getty images

Both ESPN and TNT are "preparing pitches" for the just-retired Dwyane Wade to "be a studio analyst" for this year's NBA Playoffs, according to sources cited by Andrew Marchand of the N.Y. POST. Wade has worked ABC/ESPN’s playoff coverage in the past, but it is "not clear yet if he would want to be a full-time analyst in his post-playing career." ESPN's regular-season “NBA Countdown” first team was Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups. However, Billups "may be best on games, where he did well" with play-by-play man Ryan Ruocco during the first round. On first glance, Turner "would not have a spot for Wade." If Barkley, 56, is "true to his word and really does retire at 60, then Turner could be creative in bringing Wade onto its roster and carving out whatever type of role that Wade would want" (NYPOST.com, 4/23).