Dwyane Wade Says He'll Stay with Heat Until Retirement After Return from Cavs

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2018

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Dwyane Wade was traded back to the Miami Heat on Thursday after a season with the Chicago Bulls last year and a brief tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

He doesn't intend on playing for another organization in his career.

"This is it for me, guys," he told NBA TV's Grant Hill. "I'm [going to] stay here until I decide to hang it up. This is home. I'm so happy to be back."

"My family, they're happy. They're not only happy for themselves, they're happy for me," Wade added, per Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. "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, 36, spent the first 13 seasons of his career with the Heat, winning three titles and playing in 12 All-Star Games. He was also a two-time All-NBA first-team selection with Miami. He signed with the Bulls last summer before joining the Cavs this season.

But despite his time away from the Heat, Wade said he always felt like he was a part of the organization:

"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.' So, it definitely feels good to be here, to be in the locker room."

Wade was never was a natural fit in Cleveland, averaging 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 23.2 minutes per game coming off the bench. But he's accepted that his role at this stage in his career is as a reserve, and he is ready to fit in alongside the Heat's existing talent.

"I've adjusted to coming off [the bench]," Wade said. "For me, I like it. Right now, my career, with the time I'm at, and the point I'm at, if something happens and coach needs me to get in there to start for a game or two and calls my number, I'll do it. But I'm definitely comfortable with [coming off the bench]."

Wade played 22 minutes in his season debut with the Heat, a 91-85 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring three points and adding two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. He added that he was fine with whatever minutes Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra gave him and that he was excited to be rejoining a talented Heat team.

"We've got so much growth possibility here," he noted. "I've got so much to learn about these guys' talents. I'm excited about it. Like I said, [Friday night] was definitely a good start. We did some good things and, like I said, we did some things we can learn from. It's a young team that can get better."

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