The Prodigal Son returns tonight

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) waves to the crowd after being acknowledged for scoring 20,000 career points during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

It’s been almost two years since number 3 walked out onto that court of the triple-A arena. Almost two years since Heat PA announcer Michael Biamonte bellowed out his patent “Dwyaaane Waaaaaade.” Miami Heat fans were scorned when D-Wade left for Chicago in the summer of 2016 and thought those sights and sounds would be nothing more than a memory. I remember writing a piece that very next day talking about all the great unforgettable times we had during Wade’s time with the Heat, thinking that was it. But tonight, with the shocking trade completed to bring Wade back to Miami from Cleveland, we’ll get to relive the old days once again.

Before the end of the trade deadline yesterday, the Cavs proved to be huge players. Trading away most of their assets, including Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers amongst others. But the one that came way out of left field and meant something to us, was the announcement that Wade would be coming back to Miami via trade for a second-round pick.

Wade mentioned last week how he would like to finish his career in Miami where he won his 3 championships and played 13 years of his life. So there were whispers that this move was inevitable. But not this soon. Even Wade was surprised when he heard the news. The plane touched down last night in Miami with D-Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union. Both could be seen smiling ear to ear and Union was even dancing on the tarmac as they exited the plane. They were home.

And tonight, as Heat fans welcome him home with open arms, we’ll remember the good times and look forward to the new ones still to come.

The Prodigal Son has returned.

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