Dwyane Wade is headed back to Dade County as the Heat acquired one of the best players in franchise history. The Cavaliers traded Wade back to Miami in exchange for a protected second round pick.
Here’s a look at the projected starting lineup and roster with Wade back in Miami.
C- Hassan Whiteside, Bam Adebayo, AJ Hammons
PF- Kelly Olynyk, James Johnson, Jordan Mickey, Udonis Haslem, Okaro White
SF- Josh Richardson, Derrick Jones Jr., Justise Winslow
SG- Dwyane Wade, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder, Dion Waiters
PG- Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Derrick Walton Jr.
The move not only reunites Wade with Miami, but puts him back in the backcourt with Goran Dragic. The two played together during the 2015-16 season. Wade averaged 19 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds in his season with Dragic. Wade continues to be a different player as his career progresses, but the veteran swingman can still contribute on the right team.
Wade arrives to a Heat team that sits No. 7 in the East postseason race. Wade is likely to be inserted into Miami’s starting lineup as the Heat look to make their final playoff push. With the Cavs, Wade was putting up career lows in most categories including 23.2 minutes per game. Look for that number to go up in Miami as Wade likely takes over Derrick Jones Jr.’s starting position.