Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union announce birth of ‘miracle baby’ Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union announce birth of ‘miracle baby’
Dwyane Wade missed the first game of his final NBA season on Wednesday night, and for good reason. Wade, 36, announced on Thursday that... Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union announce birth of ‘miracle baby’

Dwyane Wade missed the first game of his final NBA season on Wednesday night, and for good reason.

Wade, 36, announced on Thursday that he and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, welcomed a baby daughter into the world via a surrogate on Wednesday — a day that will “forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days,” Wade wrote on Twitter.

Wade — a 12-time All-Star, three-time champion and future first-ballot Hall of Famer — has three sons from previous relationships. He and Union, who over the years has opened up about her struggles with infertility, have been married since 2014. This is their first child together.

In September, Wade announced that his 16th NBA season will be his last, citing his family as one of the main reasons he’s deciding to hang it up.

“I feel like my family have put me first for so many years, for good reasons,” the Miami Heat guard said in a video posted to YouTube. “But I feel like there comes a point in time where we’ve all got to think about someone else, especially the ones around you that have supported you, supported your dreams, supported your journey, like my family have.

” … There’s a lot of things you guys don’t know that we deal with, and I have dealt with this summer to make this decision. And this is the hardest decision that I’ve ever had to make, but it’s one of the best decisions that I’ve had to make as well.”

Wade’s availablity for Friday night’s game against Indiana is unknown. He’s averaging 14.3 points, four rebounds and 2.9 assists in 25.7 minutes per game this season for the 5-5 Heat.   — USA TODAY SPORTS

Christopher Dupree

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