The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to blow up their roster, as the team is trading Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the complete transaction:
Cleveland is trading Dwyane Wade to Miami, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Miami will send a heavily protected second-round pick to Cleveland for Wade, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Wade goes back to a Miami team where he spent his first 13 NBA Seasons. The 36-year-old led the team to three NBA Championships - in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He was named to 12 All-Star Games and part of the All-NBA First Team in 2009 and 2010.
Wade - who signed a one-year contract worth $2.3 million with the Cavaliers in September, is enduring the worst statistical season of his career. Playing heavily reduced minutes, he's averaging just 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists. His career averages are 22.7, 4.8 and 5.6, respectively.
The Heat were shocked when Wade opted to leave them in 2016 free agency, who went on to sign with his hometown Chicago Bulls squad on a two-year contract. But Wade was hampered by injuries and accepted a buyout before the start of the 2018-19 season.
The future Hall of Famer is clearly in his twilight years, as age (36), and numerous knee injuries have slowed him down. But the well-respected veteran could be a valuable presence to a young Heat team that sits seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 29-26 record.
D-Wade wasn't the only notable Cavs player that was dealt on trade deadline Thursday. Cleveland also dealt Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye (along with a first-round pick), to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
They then worked out a three-way trade and landed Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz and George Hill from the Sacramento Kings, while shipping out Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose.
The Cavaliers have struggled throughout the regular season with a 31-22 record. Complicating things in LeBron James' uncertain future in The Land, as he has the option to test free agency in the summer. The front office had no choice but to clear out the locker room, and Wade was one of those players they had to sacrifice.