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Dwyane Wade says Heat will be his final NBA stop
nIf nothing else, at least with this Dwyane Wade reunion the what’s-next portion of the equation no longer will be in question with the Miami Heat’s all-time leading scorer.

After leaving the Heat for his hometown Chicago Bulls in 2016 free agency and then opting to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to this season, Wade made it clear in the wake of Friday’s emotional return to AmericanAirlines Arena that there will be no further need for moving vans.

"This is it for me guys," Wade told NBA TV after the Heat’s victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. "I’m [going to] stay here until I decide to hang it up. This is home and I’m so happy to be back."

After uneven locker-room experiences in Chicago and Cleveland, Wade said he felt the embrace was immediate.

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Beyond the six players on the roster from when he last played with the Heat in 2015-16, Wade, 36, said his goal is to mentor the Heat newcomers, just as he was mentored in the Heat locker room over his first 13 NBA seasons by Eddie Jones, Brian Grant, Steve Smith, Shaquille O’Neal and Gary Payton.

It was largely at James’ urging that Wade signed with the Cavs as a free agent in September. General manager Koby Altman said Wade’s playing time was going to decrease in Cleveland as the team got younger, and he asked Wade if he’d rather stay or get a trade back to the Heat.

Wade joked in his NBA TV interview of finally being able to sleep in his own bed. He reiterated how he always viewed South Florida as his true home.

Dwyane Wade says Miami is his last stop: ‘This is it for me guys’

"My family, they’re happy," he said. "They’re not only happy for themselves, they’re happy for me, Miami’s my family. I think as you’ve seen with the crowd, they’re happy. All is good in the Wade household and all is good in Wade County."

Wade is completing the one-year, $2.3 million contract he signed with the Cavaliers after he received his buyout from the Bulls, to become a free agent on July 1. He has yet to address playing beyond this 15th NBA season.

A: Those require separate answers. First, this is where the recent five-game losing streak hurts. Had the Heat been able to remain in contention for third in the East, at least poised for potential homecourt in the first round, I think they would have been a far more attractive destination. For example, there is a reason the Rockets proved so enticing to Joe Johnson and Brandon Wright — the likelihood of competing deep into the playoffs. I’m not sure the Heat are poised to offer that at the moment. As for the Heat opening a roster spot, usage would suggest Udonis Haslem’s spot. But there is no way, after bringing back Dwyane Wade, that Haslem is going anyway (as if he was already). So what you have to ask with any buyout candidate is this: Would/could he do more for the Heat than Jordan Mickey? Ultimately, that would appear to be the only disposable roster spot, and I’m not sure I would necessarily classify it as that.

Because of the Heat’s impending position against the luxury tax, the most likely avenue to a return would be another contract at the NBA minimum, which for a player with Wade’s tenure, would be $2.4 million in 2018-19. The NBA subsidizes such minimum-scale deals, further reducing the salary-cap hits to teams, as is the case this season, when Wade’s contract counts only $1.5 million against the salary cap.

A: With Dwyane telling NBA TV that this will be his final NBA stop, it seemed like a concession of minimum salary going forward. The last thing the Heat need is to have to consider spending their mid-level exception or any other exception on Wade, with this roster still with enough question marks. I also would think that any agreement would have to be on the year-by-year plan. But this is all getting ahead of ourselves, without first seeing how this next two months play out. Dwyane has now earned in excess of $180 million just in NBA salary. I would find it hard to believe that money could be a factor going forward.

The Heat also will have mid-level and bi-annual exceptions that could be put in play for a potential Wade return next season, but utilization of such exemptions could work adversely against the luxury tax, with the Heat already facing such challenges with Wayne Ellington’s impending free agency.

Q: Ira, now that we were unexpectedly able to bring back Dwyane Wade at the trade deadline, do you still believe that it makes sense for the Heat to pursue another veteran point guard coming out of a buyout between now and March 1, if nothing else as a possible insurance policy? If so, whose roster spot would likely be taken? — Mike, North Miami Beach.

Q: Chaos will break out when Dion Waiters returns next year. How do you solve this problem? — Jim, Miami.

A: No, that was LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh coming together with the Heat during 2010 free agency. You could almost see this coming, with the way the Cavaliers had struggled. Even LeBron’s Heat departure in 2014 was somewhat foreshadowed. That 2010 offseason was one of the most stunning in NBA history — just ask Dan Gilbert.

A: That’s making a bunch of assumptions, starting with one that Dwyane Wade will continue playing next season at 37. Beyond that, you’re assuming that Dion Waiters will…

Dwyane Wade says Heat will be his final NBA stop
Dwyane Wade says Heat will be his final NBA stop

Q: Chaos will break out when Dion Waiters returns next year. How do you solve this problem? — Jim, Miami.

Q: Ira, it seems that the offseason will be interesting when it comes to signing Dwyane Wade. The Heat would appear to have a fair amount of leverage in future discussions, no? — Jason.

A: That’s making a bunch of assumptions, starting with one that Dwyane Wade will continue playing next season at 37. Beyond that, you’re assuming that Dion Waiters will…

Wade has earned in excess of $180 million in salary over his NBA career.

Last Thursday, the Cavaliers shocked the sports world by completely overhauling their roster and trading away multiple players, most shocking of all being Isaiah Thomas—who had only played 15 games for the team before making his exit.

After spending several days in limbo amid the Heat’s injury situation and the acquisition of Wade, guard Derrick Jones Jr., a starter as recently as the Heat’s Wednesday loss to the Houston Rockets, has been returned to the team’s developmental-league affiliate, the G League Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Jones has only six days of NBA service remaining on his two-way contract.

While many pointed to Isaiah Thomas calling out Kevin Love and making comments through the media, another reports suggests head coach Ty Lue thought Wade was the issue in the locker room.
Dwyane Wade is back to the role of a Miami Heat lifer
Dwyane Wade is back to the role of a Miami Heat lifer

Jones played off the bench for the Skyforce in a 110-93 victory Saturday over the Reno Bighorns, closing with 16 rebounds.

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Dwyane Wade is back to the role of a Miami Heat lifer
Dwyane Wade is back to the role of a Miami Heat lifer

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With the Heat at the NBA maximum of 15 players on their roster, it is possible that Jones, Derrick Walton Jr., who holds the Heat’s other two-way contract, and Heat G League prospects Briante Weber and Larry Drew spend bulk of the balance of the season with the Skyforce.

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Weber and Drew remain available to be signed by any NBA team. Jones and Walton remain bound to the Heat.

On the court, Wade was arguably the team’s most consistent player off of the bench. As one of the main catalysts of the team going 18-1 during the months of November and December, the former Finals MVP averaged 11.2 points per game on 45.5 percent from the field while establishing himself as one of the favorites to win the Sixth Man of the Year award.

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“A source tells AmicoHoops that Lue felt Wade was the biggest issue in the Cavs’ locker room. Wade himself even revealed to Miami reporters that pal LeBron James would catch him watching Heat games in the training room and checking scores at halftime.”

After leaving the Heat for his hometown Chicago Bulls in 2016 free agency and then opting to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers…

At 36, Dwyane Wade may not have too much left in his tank. But one thing is for sure, he’s going to remain with the Miami Heat until he retires.

There had been no reports prior to Wade being dealt at the trade deadline to the Miami Heat that he was one of the main causes of disruption in the locker room. 

After the team’s Friday night win over the Milwaukee Bucks, the guard spoke to NBA TV’s Grant Hill about his return, and what his future will look like.

“This is it for me guys. I’m [going to] stay here until I decide to hang it up. This is home. I’m so happy to be back.”

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Having spent a season with the Chicago Bulls, followed by a short stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade made his way back to South Florida last week, on the brink of the NBA trade deadline. With the Cavaliers essentially starting from scratch in the hopes of turning their year around, the Heat only had to give up a heavily protected second round 2024 pick.

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LeBron James ‘happy as hell’ Dwyane Wade traded to Miami

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Not just for the organization or fans either. Wade admitted that he never truly gave up feeling like he was a member of the Heat, despite not having played under head coach Erik Spoelstra since May 5, 2015.

LeBron James 'happy as hell' Dwyane Wade traded to Miami
LeBron James ‘happy as hell’ Dwyane Wade traded to Miami

“I was telling somebody recently that I was in my kitchen in Cleveland and watching ESPN and something came up and it said Heat versus somebody and I said ‘We play?’ And [then] I’m like ‘That’s right I don’t play in Miami no more.’ So it’s like a thing — every time I see Heat in my mind it was always like ‘We.’”

LeBron James 'happy as hell' Dwyane Wade traded to Miami
LeBron James ‘happy as hell’ Dwyane Wade traded to Miami

Now even though the superstar confirmed he plans on sticking around for the long haul, it’s still unclear how Miami will make that happen. Having been bought out by the Bulls, which allowed him to continue onto Cleveland, Wade will once again be a free agent this summer. While the Heat remain capped out for the time being.

LeBron James 'happy as hell' Dwyane Wade traded to Miami
LeBron James ‘happy as hell’ Dwyane Wade traded to Miami

However, president Pat Riley certainly still has some movable pieces under his belt, as well as an injury exception, courtesy of Dion Waiters being sidelined for the season.

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Fans should rest assured though: Miami will figure out a way to keep their franchise face around. Between Riley and Wade putting their past differences behind them, and Riley recently stating he thinks the veteran has “a lot of gas left,” the duo will reach a happy medium.

Especially now that Wade seems to be comfortable in more of a backseat position.

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“I’ve adjusted to coming off [the bench]. For me, I like it. Right now, my career, with the time I’m at, and the point I’m at.”

Dwyane Wade may have taken a hiatus from Miami Heat Basketball, but it’s safe to say he’s back to fill the role of Heat lifer.

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