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Report: Heat to retire Dwyane Wade’s number with multi-day celebration next month

Dwyane Wade

BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 10: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat reacts against the Brooklyn Nets on April 10, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Dwyane Wade is the greatest player in Heat history.

They’ve treated him as such.

Miami reacquired Wade in 2018, gave him a year-long farewell tour full of jersey swaps and an elaborate sendoff to end the season. Now, it’s time for the next honor.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida SunSentinel:

The Miami Heat are targeting the Feb. 22 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena for the retirement of Dwyane Wade’s iconic No. 3 jersey, a source familiar with the planning confirmed to the Sun Sentinel.

However, unlike the Heat’s previous jersey retirements, the team is preparing for a more reserved ceremony at that game, with plans for a celebration of Wade at AmericanAirlines Arena the night before, when the Heat are idle on Feb. 21, after returning from a Feb. 20 game in Atlanta.

Wade played 15 seasons with Miami, making eight All-NBA teams and 13 All-Star teams. He helped the Heat win three titles, winning 2006 NBA Finals MVP. His presence was crucial in luring LeBron James to Miami.

Any franchise would retire Wade’s number. For the Heat – a relatively new franchise that retired Michael Jordan’s number despite him never playing for them – it’s even more of a no-brainer.

So, turning this into a multi-day celebration is a nice touch to show just how special Wade has been to Miami.