Dwyane Wade welcomes Jimmy Butler to Miami
From NBA Instagram and media reports
Jimmy Butler is reportedly heading to the Miami in a four-team trade, but there’s no question that it remains “Wade County” as far as the Heat are concerned.
And now that Dwyane Wade’s #OneLastDance is complete, the retired franchise icon welcomed his former teammate (with the Bulls in 2016-17) in a good-natured Instagram post Tuesday night.
“Welcome to Miami!” Wade wrote in the caption, to what appears to be a dated photo of Butler and an image of the duo chatting on the sideline last season. Additionally, Wade made it clear Butler can’t wear Wade’s No. 3 jersey now that he’s in town, writing: “No you can’t wear number 3 & No you can’t have my locker.”
The denial of the No. 3 jersey is a sly nod to former “Heatle” LeBron James reportedly ceding No. 23 (as well as his former locker) to Anthony Davis in Los Angeles.
The deal cannot be made official until July 6 at the earliest. In it, the Heat will reportedly send Hassan Whiteside to the Trail Blazers, Josh Richardson to the Sixers, Maurice Harkless and a future first-round pick to the Clippers, and Meyers Leonard to the Heat.
Butler reportedly met with Miami right when free agency began on Sunday and made it clear that he wanted to join the Heat. He is expected to sign a four-year, $142 million deal.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.