Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. (born January 17, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has established himself as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league. Wade had the top selling jersey in the NBA for nearly two years, leading the league in jersey sales from the 2005 NBA Playoffs, until the midpoint of the 2006–07 season. His first name is pronounced the same as the more common spellings “Dwayne” and “Duane”.
On June 28, 2014, Wade and teammates James and Bosh all opted-out of their contracts in order to cut costs with the intention of all re-signing. James announced on his website on July 11 that he was returning to Cleveland after four successful seasons with Wade in Miami. Four days later, Wade re-signed with the Heat and was later joined by a returning Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers as well as former rivals Danny Granger and Luol Deng.
After playing in the Heat’s first eight games of the 2014–15 season, Wade missed seven consecutive games due to a hamstring injury. He returned to action on November 30 against the New York Knicks to score a then season-high 27 points in an 88-79 win. On December 17, despite Wade’s season-high 42 points, the Heat were defeated 105-87 by the Utah Jazz. He was named an All-Star for the 11th time, however on February 11, he pulled out of the game due to another hamstring injury and was replaced by Kyle Korver. The Heat finished the season with a 37-45 win/loss record, as Wade missed the post-season for just the second time in his career.
On June 29, 2015, Mr Banded collar shirt opted out of his contract with the Heat to become a free agent. On July 10, 2015, he re-signed with the Heat once again to a one-year, $20 million contract.
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