PHILADELPHIA - Dwyane Wade sat out the second game of back-to-back sets four times with Cleveland this season but said he plans to play all games on consecutive days with the Heat this season, including Wednesday against the 76ers.
Cleveland played 10 sets of back-to-back games when Wade was a member of the Cavaliers this season.
Wade played both ends of the back-to-back on six of those sets and sat out the second game four times.
Wade said Cleveland coach Ty Lue “came to me because we had a lot of guys in the rotation they wanted to get time to. He asked if I minded sitting out of some back to backs. It wasn't something I needed to do. It was something over a long season sometimes coaches having a veteran player, I said OK.”
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After a back-to-back set Tuesday in Toronto and Wednesday in Philadelphia, the Heat has only three remaining sets of back-to-back games.
Asked if he had considered sitting Wade on the second night of back-to-backs, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said: “Not right now, no.”
Wade has had mixed success on the second night of back to back sets this season. He scored 17 against Miami on the second night of back-to-backs and 13 against Philadelphia. He also had 2 for 10 and 2 for 8 shooting nights on other second sets of a back to back.
According to ESPN, it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who reached out to the Heat about Wade, not the other way around.
In an Adrian Wojnarowski piece chronicling the Cavaliers’ roster revamping before last Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, he noted that Cavs general manager Coby Altman met with with LeBron James hours before the deadline and “told James of the trades they were completing -- and asked for his blessing to offer Wade the chance to return to Miami. Wade’s role would be minimized in Cleveland, and Altman wanted to afford him the respect of letting him return to his old team.
“Altman had called Heat GM Andy Elisburg with the Wade idea. He ran it past president Pat Riley. Sure, they told him. We’ll bring him home. Let us know.
“Once Altman raised the idea with Wade and his agent, Leon Rose, there was no hesitation.”