Dwyane Wade didn’t take long to reach out to Miami Heat fans.
Shortly after touching down in Miami on Thursday night, a mere hours after being traded back to the Heat by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade took to various social media all with the same message: I’m happy to be home.
Wade posted a video on Instagram accompanied by the text, “Sooooo … I’m BACK!!! #wadecounty,” and a slew of emojis including palm tress, a basketball, a heart and three championship trophies.
The feel-good video, which contains a collection of clips from Wade’s first stint with the Heat as well as shots of the Miami cityscape played to the instrumental intro of Logic’s “Till the End,” ends with Wade saying, “Heat life baby. My city. My home. My house. That’s how we roll.” The video then fades on Wade walking into the Heat locker room.
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The text on the final frame: “Till the end. Est. 2003.”
About an hour later, Wade posted a video on Twitter from his home with wife Gabrielle Union.
“So we’ve had an eventful day, huh?” Wade said before looking to his wife, who nods in agreement, “but we’re definitely happy to be home.”
Wade’s full Twitter message is below:
“I want to first start off by saying thank you to the Cleveland Cavaliers fan base. Thank you to the organization and the players that accepted me with open arms. Obviously it wasn’t the season that everyone wanted but I think for the most part I came in and I tried my best, so I hope that you guys see that and felt that.
“And I also want to thank the Miami Heat organization for bringing us back home. This is something that we’ve talked about for a long time as a family. It’s something that the fan base in Miami has talked about. I think we all thought and believed that one day it could happen. We’re glad that one day is today. I’m excited to get started. I’m excited to be back home in our bed in our environment with our kids with our dogs and list goes on and on. Thank you to the fan base of Miami. Thank you to the Miami organization, coaches, players for accepting me back.
“I can’t wait to get this thing going. Let’s go Heat.”
It’s been a reunion in the making. The Heat drafted Wade with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. He then spent his first 13 seasons with the team, winning three NBA championships and being named an All-Star in each of his final 12 seasons with the team. In that span, Wade became the face of the franchise and set team records in a plethora of categories, including total games played (855), points scored (20,221), steals (1,414) and assists (4,944) among others. Wade left Miami after the 2016 season and spent the 2016-17 season with the Chicago Bulls before spending the first part of this season with Cleveland.
Wade, 36, is expected to play his first game with the Heat on Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. at the AmericanAirlines Arena.