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Dwyane Wade has made it clear he won’t be playing in China next season.

While reports had swirled in late July that he had a three-year offer worth more than $25 million to play for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the CBA, the 12-time All-Star only plans to continue his NBA career with the Miami Heat.

“Heat only,” Wade told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. “If I play the game of basketball this year it will be in a Miami uniform. If I don’t I’ll be living in Miami or somewhere else probably.”

Pat Riley and the Heat front office had been hoping for a mid-August decisionon whether or not Wade would be returning to the team, but he seems to be in no rush on coming to an agreement.

“When the decision needs to be made it will be made,” Wade said. “It’s different now. It’s not like we’re sitting down trying to figure out a $100M contract and I need to sign it by July 8th. So we have time.”

It only makes sense for the 36-year-old to finish out his career in “Wade County” as he was a different player after returning from the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second half of last season.

While being a key reserve down the stretch, he rose to the occasion in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 16.6 points over five games, highlighted by a 28-point, vintage performance in a Game 2 win.

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Though Dwyane Wade had a public falling out with the Miami Heat over his contract demands when he was a free agent in the summer of 2016, he mended fences with the franchise – and its president, Pat Riley – shortly before being brought back to Miami in a Wade-approved deadline-day trade earlier this month.

Wade and Riley had already mostly smoothed things over, but it was a gesture Riley made last month, at a time of need for Wade, that facilitated the 36-year-old’s return to the team that drafted him. Henry Thomas – the longtime agent of Wade, Udonis Haslem, and various other Heat players over the years – died in late January. Riley went to Thomas’ funeral, and when he saw Wade, he gave him a hug.

“It sounds simple. But it’s like, sometimes, as a kid, you just need that embrace from your father,” Wade told Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports. “Him coming to my agent’s funeral, a very vulnerable time for myself and (Haslem), meant a lot to me. Just that warm embrace meant a lot to me as well. You know the business can get in the way. I understand that. I made the decision I made (to leave), but at the end of the day, I know that guy would run through a brick wall for me. And this organization would. It felt right. I think that had a big thing to do with this trade happening to bring me back at this time.”

Before signing with his hometown Chicago Bulls in 2016, and the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer, Wade spent the first 13 years of his Hall of Fame career with the Heat. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, points, assists, steals, win shares, All-Star berths, and just about every other meaningful category.

“I was birthed here,” Wade told Lee.

“Going out to different teams, for me, was something personally, I needed to do,” he added. “But also you get to see you’re missing some things that helped you become the player you have been. The place you can get it back is here.”

Joaquin Oliver, 17, was excited about Dwyane Wade‘s return to the Miami Heat.

The veteran guard was traded back to South Beach, where he spent the first 13 years of his career, from the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline.

But Oliver didn’t get a chance to enjoy the return of one of his favorite players, as the student-athlete at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was among the 17 killed in the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. about a week later.

Oliver’s parents revealed he was buried Feb. 17 in his Wade jersey, which prompted an emotional tweet from the future Hall of Famer:

Wade tried to elaborate on his feelings Monday.

“You really can’t put that in words. You hurt for the family,” Wade told reporters, according to Jordan McPherson and Barry Jackson from The Miami Herald. “If you ever get the opportunity to speak to them, you just try to hope the time where he was alive that you were able to bring some type of joy to his life and something memorable. A story that his family and you guys can talk about.

“… It’s emotional even thinking about that, that his parents felt that burying him in my jersey is something that he wanted. I take a lot of pride in what I’ve done in this state and what I’ve meant for the youth, so I appreciate that.”

Now that he’s back with the Miami HeatDwyane Wade says there will be no other stops in his NBA career.

“This is it for me, guys. I’m going to stay here until I decide to hang it up,” Wade told NBA TV’s Grant Hill on Friday night. “This is home, and I’m so happy to be back.”

After a season-and-a-half detour through the city of his birth with the Chicago Bulls, and 46 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade was traded back to the Heat on Thursday for a future second-round pick. He received a thunderous ovation upon his return to American Airlines Arena on Friday, scoring three points in a Miami win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Wade is as synonymous with the Heat as any player in franchise history, and judging by he and his wife Gabrielle Union’s happiness at the return, it’s clear they never wanted to leave South Florida.

Wade is currently on a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum of $2.3 million. The 36-year-old has slowed over the last few seasons, but can still be productive offensively. An impasse with team president Pat Riley over a new deal drove Wade away from the Heat in 2016.

 

Dwyane Wade is happy to be heading home.

Though a native of Chicago, it was with the Miami Heat with which Wade first made a name for himself in the NBA, leading the side to three NBA championships in the first 13 seasons of his career before opting to sign with his hometown Bulls two summers ago as a free agent.

Now, after being swapped for a second-round pick by the Cleveland Cavaliersat Thursday’s deadline, Wade is getting a chance to return to where it all began, though he didn’t expect it to be this soon.

“I always felt that one day it would happen,” Wade told The Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds. “For me, it’s always been a hope. You just don’t know how or when you’re going to get there.”

Upon their arrival in Miami, Wade, and perhaps more notably, wife Gabrielle Union, looked ecstatic to ditch the frigid Cleveland air and be back in the warmer Florida weather. As for his role with the Heat, team president Pat Riley told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that he expects Wade will be used in a reserve role, though he added the 36-year-old shooting guard “still has a lot left in the tank.”

Wade is more than happy to come off the bench if he has to.

“Don’t matter,” Wade told Reynolds. “I can’t wait to embrace whatever role I have.”

Any sign that LeBron James is content with being a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers is a major positive when factoring in his unrestricted free agency next summer.

Dwyane Wade – who joined the Cavaliers last month after being bought out by the Chicago Bulls – has a longstanding friendship with James, and perhaps knows him better than anyone on the roster.

“I think he loves it here,” said Wade to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon.

“I could see his mood and being around these guys and everyone that’s here. Obviously we’ve gotta win ball games, everything’s gotta go right and we gotta stay together to continue to have that mood, but right now he’s in a great place.”

The cloud hanging over Cleveland that was Kyrie Irving’s trade request quickly subsided when he was shipped off to the Boston Celtics, bringing back a king’s ransom of assets in his stead. The additions of Isaiah Thomas (expected to return from a hip injury in January), Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic, along with other offseason acquisitions in Wade, Jeff Green, and former league MVP Derrick Rose, provides James with undoubtedly the deepest and most varied roster he’s ever had surrounding him.

James has advanced to the Finals seven years in a row with both the Cavaliers and Miami Heat and has three championship rings to show for it. While the Los Angeles Lakers are believed to be a heavy favorite to land him should he decide to leave Cleveland for a second time, winning a second title in three years for his hometown squad would make it increasingly difficult to want to pack up and go away again.

The Cavaliers open the 2017-18 campaign on Tuesday against Irving and the Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena, with James’ status for the highly-anticipated showdown up in the air because of a sore left ankle.

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He may be wearing Cleveland Cavaliers colors in 2017-18, but before he hangs up his kicks for good, Dwyane Wade will make sure he returns to the Miami Heat.

“Miami, the door’s always unlocked,” Wade told The Associated Press. “One day I want to retire in a Miami Heat jersey. I don’t know how that will happen, but I definitely want to make sure that when I decide to hang it up, that jersey is on. Whether it’s being back there or signing a one-day deal like Paul Pierce, I want to make sure that I go out the way I came in.”

Wade spent the first 13 seasons of his career in South Beach after being drafted fifth overall in 2003. He captured three championships with the organization, and remains the team’s all-time leader in games played, minutes, points, assists, and steals.

A reunion was on the table once the 35-year-old was bought out of his contract with the Chicago Bulls, yet Wade elected for a different reunion with his former Heat teammate in LeBron James.

Wade also feels Miami has a good thing going with the pieces they have in place, and should look to build off its prosperous finish to the 2016-17 regular season.

“Honestly, I didn’t feel they needed me there,” Wade said. “I feel that those guys are in a good place. They deserve to come back this year and see what that 30-11 was about. They don’t need me there over their shoulder or anything like that. That’s kind of how I approached it.”