Cavaliers trade Dwyane Wade, LeBron James' best friend, back to Miami Heat

Nov 7 2017 Cleveland OH USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James and guard Dwyane Wade stand on the court in the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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This was more of Altman doing Wade a favor than the Cleveland Cavaliers actually gaining any return for Wade. The trades included shipping out disappointing newcomers like Derrick Rose and Isaiah Thomas and bringing in some talented young names like Jordan Clarkson [VIDEO] and George Hill [VIDEO].

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

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The return of Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade to the team where he spent the first 13 years of his career became official on Thursday, when the Cleveland Cavaliers sent the veteran to Miami in exchange for a protected second-round pick.

According to the Associated Press' Tim Reynolds, Wade said he intends to suit up Friday when the Heat host Milwaukee Bucks because he "doesn't want to make the fans wait any longer".

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Wade signed with the Cavs in the offseason to reunite with LeBron James, his former Heat teammate. But before today's National Basketball Association trade deadline, Miami's situation wasn't looking too promising. Shelburne reported on Thursday that Cavs GM Koby Altman consulted with James before the trade, making sure he understood why they were doing the deal. All of us embrace it in the manner that we want to win and that's why we brought Dwyane back home.

Wade, who turned 36 on January 17, acknowledged last week that he would be lying if he said he had not thought about closing out his career in a Heat jersey. And he gets to play for a playoff team in the city he loves.

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Cleveland sits in third place in the East at 31-22.

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