HEAT Pick Up Options on Alonzo Mourning & Dwyane Wade

MIAMI, June 17 – The Miami HEAT announced today that the club has picked up the team option on Alonzo Mourning for the 2005-06 season and the fourth-year rookie option on Dwyane Wade for the 2006-07 season.

Mourning re-joined the HEAT on March 1 as a free agent after playing two seasons with New Jersey. During the 2004-05 season, Mourning averaged 7.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.00 blocks and 19.0 minutes per game in 37 games (17 starts). He scored in double-figures on 12 occasions, grabbed double-figure rebounds four times and recorded four double-doubles. Mourning was the HEAT’s leading scorer off the bench on six occasions and led the HEAT reserves in blocks 12 times, in rebounds six times, in minutes three times and in steals twice.

Prior to his time in New Jersey, he spent eight seasons with the HEAT, guiding the club to six playoff appearances including a run to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1997. Mourning was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the second pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, and was obtained by the HEAT in a trade on November 3, 1995. He signed with the Nets as a free agent on July 16, 2003 and was traded to the Toronto Raptors on December 17, 2004. He was then waived by the club on February 11, 2005 without playing a game. In his 14 NBA seasons, he has averaged 19.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.93 blocks in 33.8 minutes per game. He ranks sixth in NBA history in blocks per game, 14th in total blocks (1,963) and 29th in field goal percentage (52.3%).

Wade just completed his second season with the HEAT after being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. During the 2004-05 season, Wade emerged as an All-Star, averaging 24.1 points, 6.8 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.57 steals, 1.06 blocks and 38.6 minutes in 77 games (77 starts). He set the franchise single-season records for points scored (1,854), scoring average and free throws made (581). He ranked ninth in the NBA in scoring average, tied for ninth in assists, tied for 12th in minutes per game, 13th in steals per game, tied for 31st in field goal percentage and 36th in blocks per game. He also ranked first in the NBA among guards in blocks. Wade led the HEAT in scoring 43 times, in assists 55 times, in minutes 45 times, in steals 39 times, in blocks 21 times and in rebounds four times. Wade scored in double-figures 75 times, including a career-high 51 consecutive games and recorded 16 double-doubles and one triple-double.

During the 2005 Playoffs, Wade’s 384 total points in only 14 playoff games set a new postseason franchise record for most total points scored during a single postseason. He now owns three of the top four highest single-series scoring averages in HEAT postseason history. Additionally, in the First Round vs. New Jersey, Wade averaged 26.3 points, 8.8 assists, 6.3 rebounds and shot .500 from the field. In the Second Round vs. Washington, Wade averaged 31.0 points, 8.0 assists, 7.0 rebounds and shot .537 from the field. He originally became only the seventh player in NBA history to average at least 25 points per game, eight assists per game, six rebounds per game and shoot .500 from the field in a single playoff series when he did it in the First Round. He now becomes the second player in NBA history to accomplish that feat in two playoff series in the same season, joining Larry Bird who did it in 1986. Additionally, when Wade recorded 31 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds on May 10 vs. Washington, he became the fifth player in NBA history to record 30+ points, 15+ assists and 5+ rebounds in a playoff game.