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Dwyane Wade Buying Ownership in the Utah Jazz, Heat Owner Flummoxed

A former Miami star finds a new allegiance, and a new team to help with.

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Former Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade is purchasing an ownership stake in the Utah Jazz, and Miami’s owner isn’t too happy about it. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news this morning.

Wade played for the Heat from the time they drafted him 5th overall in the 2003 NBA Draft to his retirement in 2019, with a season-and-a-half interlude with the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was a 13-time NBA All-Star and his name has become synonymous with the Heat franchise.

This perhaps explains Heat owner Micky Arison’s consternation at the news, also expressed on Twitter.

Wojnarowski reports that Wade quickly answered those concerns, indicating that his fondness for Miami remains undiminished.

Wade averaged 22.0 points, 5.4 assists, and 4.7 rebounds in 33.9 minutes per game during his 16-year career. He won three NBA Championships with the Heat.

The Utah Jazz currently own a 41-14 record, the best in the NBA.