Dwyane Wade looks set to give Miami Heat fans some good news after a touch week for the South Florida franchise, with multiple reports suggesting the veteran point guard has all but agreed to a new deal worth around $15 million per season.
But it was the player himself who broke the news in a move that was eerily similar to that used by long-time friend and recently departed teammate LeBron James.
Dwyane Wade took to his official social media channels to relay to the Miami Heat fan base his decision:
"Home is Where The Heart is... My Home, My City, My House...#HeatLifer," wrote Wade alongside a picture of himself at the American Airlines Arena below the banners depicting the three NBA titles he has won since arriving at the franchise in the 2003 draft.
The post share similarities to that of the one used by LeBron James when the four-time NBA MVP revealed he would be 'returning home' to Cleveland to rejoin the Cavaliers.
Some have even suggested that Wade may have been taken a subtle shot at James with his remarks. But with the two having become lifelong friends during their time together in Miami that is highly unlikely.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN was quick to build on Wade's social media statement, insisting that a deal with the Heat had been finalized.
The deal, when confirmed, is expected to worth around $15 million per year over two-years. This pails in comparison to the $118 million, five-year deal signed by the third member of the 'Big Three', Chris Bosh recently.
The deal means the three-time title winner will be earning roughly as much as Chandler Parsons at the Dallas Mavericks, but with Wade having suffered with injury in recent years however it is perhaps within the reasonable bracket for a franchise who are looking to make room for further additions.
Reports however suggest that with a two-year deal agreed, Wade has the opportunity to increase his contract past 2015-16 - when a new TV deal could significantly improve player's earning capabilities.
The news that both Wade and Bosh will be returning to the franchise next season will go someway to appeasing the unrest accumulating in the aftermath of LeBron James' decision to leave.
Add to that the additions of Luol Deng, Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts and Miami are certainly in the thick of the free agency action.
Wade's decision to stick around however is by far the most positive news, and Heat fans will be hoping there is more in a similar vein to come in the near future.
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