Dwyane Wade decides to return to the Miami Heat for “one last dance.”
Dwyane Wade has some news to share.
After Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union-Wade, had a baby girl via a surrogate last week, the Heat guard revealed two things Thursday.
First, his daughter’s name is Kaavia James Union Wade. Second, he got, what’s believed to be, his first tattoo — “Kaavia” on his right shoulder and “James” on his left shoulder.
“#TBT Goes back to that one night in China when i decided to get my daughters name tattooed on me. Kaavia James Union Wade! #paternityleave,” Wade posted on Instagram.
So, Wade got the tattoo in the summer. He just did a good job of hiding it from the public during the first month of the season.
The 12-time All-Star has missed the Heat’s past five games to continue bonding with and caring for his newborn daughter in Los Angeles. Wade told the Associated Press on Sunday that he’ll miss at least another week before resuming his final Heat season
That means the team will be without Wade, at the minimum, in Friday’s road game against the Pacers and Sunday’s home game against LeBron James and the Lakers.
Kaavia is Wade’s fourth child and Union’s first. Wade also has three sons — Zaire, Xavier and Zion.
“With my daughter coming a couple weeks early, she’s a little tiny right now, so we’re making sure health-wise that she’s OK,” Wade said to the Associated Press. “And for me, once I leave and go back to the season, not really being able to be with me everywhere I go, this time right now, this bonding moment with my daughter is the most important thing in my life at this time.”
When asked about Wade’s absence earlier this week, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said: “As much time as he needs. Obviously, this is an incredible blessing for he and Gab. ... We’re thrilled for them.”
Wade is averaging 14.3 points on 45 percent shooting, four rebounds and 2.9 assists in nine games this season.