Heat’s Homecoming with Wade is a great story for the NBA
Dwyane Wade is going going, back back, to Miami Miami! The
Miami Heat re-acquire Wade, the player of their franchise, and the move could not
have come at a better time for the team with brinks of playoff contention.
The Miami Heat surprised the league and Wade himself with requesting
a trade for their all-time franchise player, officially reconstructing the Cleveland
Cavaliers’ All-Star roster LeBron
James helped assembled at the beginning of the season. By the time the NBA
Trade Deadline concluded Thursday, the Cavs stunned the league with over 6
trades – including former All-Star/MVP caliber players.
Initially the moves made by the Cavs were not understood or applauded,
and to which I agree. I mean how could you let go of player like Isaiah Thomas
for Jordan Clarkson, and oh, Larry Nance Jr.?
No disrespect to the Lakers’ athletic young guns but Isaiah
Thomas is a MVP caliber type of player. To say the Cavs reshaped their roster
is an understatement, I mean they had basically cleaned house in a span of 18
hours, per ESPN.
Cleveland’s dramatic change is surprising, but is good for
the league in my opinion – especially with trading Wade back to Miami. Someone
who is a believer of this trade, and coming back to one’s hometown, commented
on the trade.
“I’m excited as hell for him,” LeBron James, friend/teammate,
said in a statement. “That’s how it should be.”
James showed nothing but excitement for Wade, as he was
likely reflecting on his decision back in 2014 when we returned to Cleveland. This
is a good look for King James, and the NBA.
Restoring Wade should make Heat and the Eastern Conference more
of a road block for the Cavaliers, giving the league more parody in some
aspects of experience vs. youth.
Some critics of this trade believe the Cavs actually have a
better chance to return to the NBA Finals now because “they are much younger” –
which is ridiculous. Just because the have added a few more athletic players
doesn’t necessarily give them an advantage in the postseason, experience is vita
— especially in playoffs.