An NBA trade deadline celebration: Dwayne Wade back with Heat

Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel on

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"He put this franchise on his back," Dragic said, eager to see Wade back in his iconic No. 3. "He's got a lot of experience. His ability to lead the team and his experience can help a lot with this young team.

"He'll fit perfectly. You need to understand we play a halfcourt game, I think that's perfect for him. He can handle the ball. He can make plays. He can score."

It was just a week ago, while mourning the passing of their agent, Henry Thomas, in Chicago that Wade and Heat captain Udonis Haslem spoke of a Heat reunion. Neither anticipated it happening just days later.

"This is something him and I talked about playing together," Haslem said. "But we didn't see it happening so soon.

"I just immediately thought about our agent Hank. Hank is still doing his job, he's still making moves, he's still looking over us, he's still taking care of us from up top. We talked about it, but we figured it was probably a situation where we talk this summer and figure it out from that point on."

Instead, the Heat seized the moment amid the Cavaliers' Thursday makeover.

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"He's excited. He's looking forward to it," Haslem said. "It's a lot of things that factor in, not just coming home. But his son is playing high school basketball. He's never been away from his kids playing in another city."

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