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Cleveland Cavaliers trade Wade to Miami, LeBron says goodbye on Instagram

Cleveland Cavaliers trade Wade to Miami, LeBron says goodbye on Instagram

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with Dwyane Wade #9 during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on January 3, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Jordan Clarkson, George Hill and Rodney Hood.

- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018Sources: As part of three-team deal, Cleveland sends 2020 second-round pick via Miami to Sacramento.

Each a native of the Windy City and each a former member of the Bulls, both were reportedly dealt during a major reshaping of the Cavaliers roster late Thursday morning before the NBA's Trade Deadline.

Cleveland wanted to get younger and more athletic. In short, after taking less than his market value on the contract that enabled the Heat to sign LeBron James and Chris Bosh in July 2010, Wade sought to recoup some of his unrealized income.




Wade is finally going home. He is averaging 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 23.2 minutes in 46 games in a reserve role.

Now back with the franchise that selected him fifth overall in the 2003 draft, Wade will presumably offer a boost off the bench and a strong veteran presence in the locker room as the Heat intensify their pursuit of a postseason berth.

Cleveland sits in third place in the East at 31-22. One factor that might contribute to Wade's approval for this trade is his view of Cleveland's future.

With six-year veteran shooting guard Dion Waiters out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to fix a lingering ankle injury, Wade will nearly immediately bring life back to the Miami Heat, whose light has dimmed out after a hot start to the season.