Dwyane Wade did not see this coming. Not right now, anyway. He has fully believed for many months that he would eventually return to the Miami Heat, though he figured it would happen in a free-agent deal this coming summer and not on a Thursday afternoon while he was headed into Cleveland’s practice facility for a workout with LeBron James. Then came the text from agent Leon Rose: “Call me 911,” he wrote. “So if you get a text like that and the trade deadline is coming up and you know the team that you’re on is going to be very active, you know something is going down with you,” Wade said. “And my mind went right to, ‘No, it’s not Miami. There’s no way.’ My mind went right to that because I felt like that’s the only other place I can be.” He was right. Wade, who left Miami in 2016 for his hometown of Chicago, is now back in his NBA hometown. He’s with the Heat again, getting traded as part of … [Read more...] about Dwyane Wade on his return to the Miami Heat: “I always felt that one day it would happen”
Dwyane Wade is coming home. The guard who helped lead Miami to three championships was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Heat on Thursday, as first reported by ESPN and confirmed by a source. The Heat acquired Wade in exchange for a heavily protected future second-round pick. Whereas the Cavaliers were looking to get younger and more athletic, the Heat had three reasons to trade for Wade: • Miami needed help at shooting guard, with Dion Waiters out for the season and Tyler Johnson struggling. • The price to get him was modest — a second round pick. He’s making only the $2.3 million league minimum, less than $1.1 million prorated for the remainder of the season. • According to a source, the Heat wanted to end things the right way with Wade after he left the franchise in a contract dispute in the summer of 2016. Wade, 36, is still effective; he is averaging 11.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting. STORY: The five stages of realizing Dwyane Wade is … [Read more...] about He’s back! Cleveland trades Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat
The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced publicly. The Cavaliers will receive a heavily protected second-round pick in return.With the Cavs getting younger, the deal gives Wade a chance to return to Miami where he spent the first 13 seasons of his career and won three championships — two with LeBron James.Wade, 36, was limited to a reserve role this season with the Cavs, averaging a career-low 11.2 points and 23.2 minutes. The Cavs have been the NBA's most active team ahead of Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline, also acquiring Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, George Hill and Rodney Hood.► 2018 NBA trade deadline tracker: Who's going where? … [Read more...] about Cleveland Cavaliers trade Dwyane Wade back to Miami Heat
It's not as if Josh Richardson made himself untouchable with his career-high 30-point effort Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets. The Miami Heat swingman already was untouchable -- at least when it came to Thursday's NBA trading deadline. Because of the four-year, $42 million extension Richardson signed in September, he cannot be traded before the end of the season, the lone player on the Heat's 15-man roster with such a limitation. Based on efforts such as Wednesday's, that extension could turn into the best bargain on a Heat payroll. Richardson's effort against the Rockets was particularly impressive because it came while also taking defensive turns against James Harden and Chris Paul in the 109-101 loss. "He was probably the only guy that we could put on either Harden or Paul that offered any kind of real resistance," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He did this at 39 minutes a game on both ends of the court. That shows what J-Rich is capable of. We needed every part of it. He … [Read more...] about Josh Richardson showing value as the Miami Heat’s untouchable
The NBA trade deadline is set for 3 p.m. Thursday. While it is not guaranteed that the Miami Heat will make moves on the final day of the trade season — and there are obstacles that could block the team from potentially making a big splash — the franchise does have a history of making moves in the 11th hour, including four of the past five seasons. Here’s a quick look back at the team’s trading history on the day of the trade deadline: 2016 The Heat traded guard Brian Roberts and a 2021 second-round pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for cash considerations. The Heat also traded forward Jarnell Stokes to the New Orleans Pelicans for a 2018 second-round pick. Both moves allowed the Heat to get under the luxury tax. 2015 Arguably the Heat’s biggest move at the trade deadline in recent years came in 2015 when they acquired point guard Goran Dragic and his brother Zoran from the Phoenix Suns as part of a three-team trade with the Suns and the New Orleans … [Read more...] about Could the Miami Heat make a move at the trade deadline? It has before.