The two-time NBA Champion is expected to sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal later this week, as he returns with the team that he won both of his titles with. He has had stops with the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers since leaving, and made a Finals appearance with LeBron James last season. He was then dealt back to the Heat at last season's Trade Deadline, which was part of the Cavs' midseason roster overhaul in an attempt to improve their championship odds.
The move was also a favor to Wade, who has known that he is near the end of his career, so it gave him a chance to end his career where it all began. D-Wade is the Heat's career leader in points, assists, steals, and games played. All summer long the Heat have sat with 19 players signed on their roster, which is one shy of the preseason maximum allowed, and now we know why that was done.
The 36-year-old, who has averaged 22.5 points per game for his career, was reportedly strongly considering retirement up until late last week, according to the Associated Press. Wade played with this young Miami team last season, as they finished as the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference with a 44-38 record. He appeared in 26 games with them, primarily off the bench, and averaged 12.9 points in his return. He is expected to have a similar role this season for a similar-looking team that expects to contend for another playoff spot.