February 21, 2018

Wade gets Miami homecoming as Cavs clean house

09 February 2018, 05:17 | Marlene Fleming

Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade among the many Cavaliers reportedly traded at the deadline

What impact will Dwyane Wade have in his Miami return?

And it couldn't have come at a greater moment.

The #Cleveland Cavaliers just blew up their entire roster, trading nearly all their backcourt players and bringing in fresh talent to help them make a push to the NBA Finals.

The NBA trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday. A five-game losing skid, an injury-plagued roster and a three-spot drop in the Eastern Conference prompted Miami's roster adjustment.

Finally, they sent Dwyane Wade and his fading talents packing to South Beach. It remains to be seen how much he'll play for head coach Erik Spoelstra, but the absence of Dion Waiters, who recently underwent season-ending surgery, could allow Wade to play a role in Miami vaguely similar to the one he did in Cleveland.

The Heat have yet to officially comment on the trade and whether Wade will be in uniform for Friday's home game vs. Milwaukee.

After the dust settled, the Cavs pulled off one final trade, sending Dwyane Wade back to the Heat in exchange for a second round pick.

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Wade, a three-time NBA Champion with the HEAT, played 12 seasons in Miami, appearing in 855 regular season games (845 starts) averaging 23.7 points, 5.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.65 steals and 35.7 minutes while shooting 48.8 percent from the field.

Older players, like Wade, were sent on their way.

Meanwhile Wade is headed back to Miami where he spent the first 13 years of his career before signing with the Bulls for the 2016-2017 season.

Miami Heat shooting guard Wayne Ellington (shoulder) was able to get up shots at Thursday's practice, but he is now without an official timetable to return. A considerable playoff run is very well attainable with No. 3 at the helm of the Miami Heat franchise once again.

"He could go back home".

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