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It’s well-known that Dwyane Wade‘s friendship with fellow superstars LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony extends beyond the hardwood.

They haven’t been shy to share their vacations with others on social media, highlighted by the infamous Banana Boat picture.

Wade now hopes to own a team someday with the trio, according to Ethan Skolnick of the Five Reasons Sports Network.

The 37-year-old had previously expressed a desire for a stake in NBA ownership, but won’t buy a team outright on his own.

“I don’t have that kind of bread, but I definitely want to be a part of a great ownership group,” Wade said, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel “… It’s definitely something that I’ve talked about, some of my friends have talked about. But, first of all, I’d have to be retired.”

James recently said he’d like to own an NBA franchise in the future.

“Ain’t no maybe about it, I’m going to do that s—,” James told The Athletic’s Joe Vardon.

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Chris Bosh has been spending a lot of time with the Miami Heat recently, watching his former team from the stands over their last three home games and helping out the squad during a recent practice.

Dwyane Wade, for his part, has been happy to see his old teammate and close friend – who hasn’t played since he was diagnosed with blood clots in 2016 for the second time – in good spirits and around the organization.

“Chris was going through a lot,” Wade said, according to the Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang. “He was somebody who was one of the best players in the world, and he had a diagnosis that comes that no one is familiar with, really. It’s just a tough situation. You got a player who was 32 at the time, something like that, and the way the game is going, can play for a long time. It’s just unfortunate.

“So yeah, of course it’s going to take a lot of hardship to get out of that situation and get to where everybody is now. But the bigger picture, he needs to and should be a part of this organization. I’m glad to see him around.”

Bosh joined the Heat in 2010 as part of the team’s Big Three with Wade and LeBron James, helping the franchise win consecutive championships in 2012 and 2013.

Miami officially waived Bosh on July 4, 2017 after his diagnosis, but was exempt from paying the remaining $52 million on his deal since he was not medically cleared to return after missing over a year of action.

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It was a surreal moment for Bradley Beal Friday night at American Airlines Arena when the Washington Wizards guard exchanged his jersey with that of Dwyane Wade, who will be calling it a career at the end of his 16th season.

Beal grew up admiring the Miami Heat All-Star, so when the opportunity presented itself, the 25-year-old revealed to Wade that the No. 3 he dons is actually a tribute to his idol.

“I tried not to lose my mind when he first gave it to me because that’s unbelievable,” Beal said of the swap following Washington’s 115-109 road loss, according to the Associated Press. “I’m trying not to be a fan, but I am a fan, and I am a huge fan of his game. I try to predicate a little bit of my game off of his. This is probably the first time I’m actually saying that, but he’s a legend forever.”

Beal led all scorers with 33 points on 25 shots, adding nine rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes of action. Wade, meanwhile, came off the bench for Miami to drop 14 points and six dimes as the Heat improved to 19-18.

“He’s one of the best to ever do it, and he’s not cocky with it,” Beal added of Wade. “He does it in a humble way, and he’s still able to do what he does at this age, and it’s amazing. Everything he’s been through, people talk about him, but he’s still here. He’s still competing with the best of us, and I have nothing but respect for him, his game, his legacy that he left.”

The Wizards will have to wait to get another crack at Miami when the Heat visit Capital One Arena on March 23.

Shaquille O’Neal was the NBA’s most dominant player through much of his 19 seasons, winning four championships along the way.

The 7-foot giant benefited by playing beside elite talent, including Kobe Bryant, Penny Hardaway, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade. O’Neal praised the latter as an all-time great, deserving of his upcoming retirement tour.

“Every great, historic player deserves one. D-Wade is a historic player,” O’Neal said, according to the Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman. “And there’s a lot of barbershop talk of him being the second- or the third-best two-guard in the game. And when you bring his name up, there’s nobody even close, as far as three, four, five, six and all that. So he is one of the top two-guards to play the game.

“I’m happy for him that he can have this farewell tour, especially here in Wade County.”

Wade announced he will return for “one last dance” with the Miami Heat on Sunday, re-signing for one year. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports the deal is worth the veteran’s minimum of $2.4 million.

O’Neal suited up with Wade after being dealt to the Heat in 2004. They reached the NBA Finals in 2006, where they defeated the Dallas Mavericks thanks to some heroics from the superstar guard. He averaged 34.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in the six-game series.

“He’s one of the best two-guards to ever play the game,” O’Neal continued. “He came in quietly, worked his way up to become one of the best players ever.”

“… He wasn’t really talked about coming in … The funny thing is, before I came to Miami, I never knew who he was. I don’t think I played against Miami that year, so I’d never seen him, never heard of him and we were out of the playoffs and they were in the playoffs, and like then, ‘Who is this kid?’ So when it came time for me to make a move, I know I needed somebody who was as good as Kobe or close, that I could bring to the next level. So I chose to come (to Miami). I think it was one of my better business decisions ever.”

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.

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.”