Miami Heat players were walking off the practice court at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday when they heard the news.
Dwyane Wade is coming home.
“Are you joking or are you for real?” Hassan Whiteside asked.
The news is very much real.
Wade is coming back to the Miami Heat after being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers hours before the trade deadline for a second-round draft pick.
The reunion is set, and Heat players are happy.
“D-Waaaaaaaaaaade!” Whiteside said. “I definitely got more lobs when D-Wade was around. His IQ is amazing. I don’t know what we traded for him but come on back D-Wade. Great news for me. Great news in my eyes.”
Point guard Goran Dragic said: “You’re kidding me! He’s a Heat lifer. He put his franchise on his back and we need him. It will be awesome to bring our captain back.”
Tyler Johnson said: “I couldn’t imagine us getting him back like this, but I’ll take a Hall of Famer. You know Wade County and all that. I think it’s going to help UD [Udonis Haslem] the most. He finally has another voice with someone who has won and played at the highest level. This is his franchise. Bringing him back is going to rejuvenate a lot of things. I think it’s an uplifting thing.”