Dwyane Wade has finally reunited with former teammate and buddy LeBron James after he formally signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it looks like he has no plans to end his career wearing a wine and gold jersey.
According to Bleacher Report, Wade wants to retire with the Miami Heat, the first team he ever played for in the NBA. We can’t really blame the guy for being honest. After all, he spent 13 years of his career in South Beach where he won three NBA Championships (two with James).
“Miami, the door's always unlocked. 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... I want to make sure that I go out the way I came in,” he said.
Aside from winning three rings there, Wade made it to the All-Star team 12 times while playing for the Heat.
Wade probably still has around five seasons left so we’re also not sure how he could find his way back to South Beach but if there’s someone who deserves it the, it’s D-Wade so we’re definitely rooting for him. To show our support, we’ve compiled some of his best moments as a Miami Heat player below.
The Heat got lucky after they selected Wade, who was the fifth pick of the first round of the 2003 draft class. He rewarded their trust by growing into a phenomenal player and becoming their main man. Wade put on a show in his first game as a rookie after dropping 18 points against the Sixers.
First championship + Finals MVP
In 2006, Wade made history by becoming the fifth youngest player to win an NBA title. The Heat was matched with the Dallas Mavericks and despite the odds, Wade led his team to win the series 4-2 as he was also named Finals MVP with 34.7 points per game.
2009 Scoring champ
Although the Heat was defeated by the Boston Celtics, Wade averaged 30.2 points a game to caputre the 2009 scoring title—an achievement he shares with the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to name a few.
Six years after his first championship, Wade finally tasted victory again after forming Miami’s big three with James and Chris Bosh. The Heat went against, and easily beat, a young and upcoming Oklahoma City Thunder squad 4 games to 1.
In 2013, Wade, James, and Bosh found themselves in unfamiliar territory as they battled the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. This series went the distance, but the Heat came out on top, with the big three winning their first back-to-back championship.