HEAT Re-Sign Dwyane Wade
MIAMI, July 12th - The Miami HEAT announced today that they have re-signed guard Dwyane Wade. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Wade was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP after averaging 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.67 steals in the six-game series against the Dallas Mavericks while helping the Miami HEAT earn their first NBA Championship.
A two-time NBA All-Star, Wade has appeared in 213 regular season games (208 starts) in his three-year NBA career averaging 22.9 points, 6.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.66 steals and 37.5 minutes while shooting 48.2 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the foul line. He owns HEAT single-season franchise records for points scored, scoring average, field goals made, free throws made and free throws attempted. He also owns the HEAT record for the most points in a road game (48 at Philadelphia on 4/14/05), most free throws made in a game (18 vs. Philadelphia on 3/7/05 and 18 at Washington on 12/30/05) and most points in an overtime period (12 at Philadelphia on 4/14/05). Wade ranks among the HEATs all-time leaders in assists (3rd), free throws made (3rd), free throws attempted (3rd), points (7th), field goals made (8th) and double-figure scoring efforts (8th). In his postseason career, Wade has averaged 25.4 points, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.80 steals in 50 games.
During the 2006 postseason, Wade led the HEAT in scoring average (28.4 ppg), points (654), field goals made (219), field goals attempted (441), free throws made (202), free throws attempted (250), assists (132), steals (51), double-figure scoring efforts (23), 20-point games (22), 30-point games (11) and 40-point games (two). He also ranked among the NBA postseason leaders in steals per game (1st), scoring average (4th), assists average (9th), minutes per game (11th), field goal percentage (17th), blocks per game (17th) and free throw percentage (34th). His 28.4 scoring average throughout the playoffs set a HEAT franchise record for a single postseason.
Over the past three seasons, Wade has been an All-NBA Team selection twice, All-Defensive Team selection once, won the Playstation Skills Challenge at the 2006 All-Star Weekend and was named to the 2004 USA Basketball Senior National Team. He has also earned Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors twice and Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors on four occasions.
Wade, who was originally drafted by the HEAT in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft, started in all 75 games in which he appeared last season, averaging 27.2 points, 6.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.95 steals in 38.6 minutes per game. He ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring average, sixth in steals, tied for 10th in assists, tied for 19th in minutes per game and tied for 27th in field goal percentage (.495). He also led the HEAT in minutes played (2,892), total points (2,040), field goals made (699), field goals attempted (1,413), assists (503), steals (146) and scoring average. Wade was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for February and also earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors twice (weeks ending Dec. 4 and Jan. 1).