Thursday's roundup: Wade finds Miami difficult to leave
Miami — For Dwyane Wade and the Heat, Thursday seemed like a day of business as usual.
Of course, that was anything but the case.
In New York, Wade was mobbed by autograph-seekers when he left his guest-hosting appearance on the syndicated morning talk show “Live With Kelly,” talked to fans on Snapchat alongside wife, Gabrielle Union, and finalized his plans for this weekend in Miami.
Meanwhile, back in the arena Wade called home for 13 years, Heat officials completed the signing of center Hassan Whiteside to a four-year deal.
Ordinarily, those things would have complemented one another. Not now, now that the moving-on process for both sides has started.
For the first time in 4,760 days, Wade awoke as a member of another team. And officials began dealing with the aftermath of him leaving Miami and deciding to sign with his hometown team Chicago for a reported two years and $47 million.
“Surreal,” Wade said on the television show, alongside host Kelly Ripa.
It likely will seem that way for a while.
Wade will be back in Miami this weekend, honoring his commitment to appear at a two-day youth basketball camp that bears his name.
They can still watch the man who was instrumental in bringing three titles to Miami, only now from afar.
“This man is a true mentor, friend and big brother,” Heat guard Josh Richardson wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of he and Wade from this past season. “I only got one season under his wing, but am fortunate to have had his guidance in laying the ground work for my career.
“There’s a lot about this man’s character and respect for the game that the world may not know and I’m honored to have been a part of his legacy in his final season with HeatNation.”
Said Wade on “Live With Kelly”: “I’m excited to go back to the place that I’ve always envisioned playing basketball. You know, being a kid, growing up, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls was the team for us. And I’ve always envisioned myself being in the backyard, always had a Bulls jersey on, always envisioned Dwyane Wade’s name being called in the United Center. And I get an opportunity to live that dream out.”
The Heat also signed guard Rodney McGruder, who is with its Summer League team, and announced the addition of point guard Rajon Rondo.
The Wizards acquired guard Trey Burke from the Jazz in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick, and signed center Ian Mahinmi, forward Andrew Nicholson and forward/center Jason Smith.
Burke was the No. 9 overall choice in the 2013 draft out of Michigan, and has averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 assists in three seasons with Utah.
... The Hornets have re-signed Nicolas Batum, acquired Marco Belinelli in a trade with the Kings, and signed free agents Roy Hibbert and Ramon Sessions.
... Guard-forward Manu Ginobili, who turns 39 this month, tweeted he is returning to the Spurs on a one-year deal.
... The Mavericks will get the rights to Croatian center Stanko Barac from the Pacers in the salary-dump deal that sent seldom-used forward Jeremy Evans to Indiana. Dallas is also sending the rights to Bosnian guard-forward Emir Preldzic and cash.
... The Trail Blazers acquired guard Shabazz Napier in a trade with the Magic for cash considerations. They also signed forward Jake Layman, acquired in a draft-day trade, and free agent Evan Turner.
... The Bucks acquired guard Matthew Dellavedova in a sign-and-trade with the Cavaliers, who got the rights to Albert Miralles.
... Dewayne Dedmon, 26, has agreed to terms on a two-year, $6 million contract with the Spurs, a source said.