The Heat announced on Thursday that they acquired Wade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a protected 2024 second-round draft pick. Wade, who came to Cleveland to win a championship, might not envision that happening.
The NBA trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday.
Cavs star James is expected to become a free agent this season, but did not reportedly make a commitment to stay in Cleveland before the Thomas trade went down.
The complete remodeling of their team will have consequences, but it is apparent that Wade wanted out of the mayhem that is about to occur in Cleveland.
As for Wade's future, he returns to a Heat team that has rebuilt itself as gritty, go-go outfit of reclamation projects and cast-offs just a few years removed from James' time in South Beach.
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Wade spent a majority of his career in Miami, where he was drafted in 2003, before parting ways with them in 2016 when he made a decision to join his hometown Chicago Bulls.
Wade is finally going home.
Older players, like Wade, were sent on their way. Additionally, Wade, the 2006 NBA Finals MVP, has appeared in 166 career postseason games (all starts) with the HEAT averaging 22.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.57 steals, 1.00 blocks and 38.4 minutes while shooting 47.7 percent from the field.
Isaiah Thomas went from a team expected to compete for the National Basketball Association title to a team that is 22-31 and has little chance of competing at all this season.
The deal was eventually bought out and enabled Wade to sign with the Cavs prior to this season.