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Dwyane Wade says Heat will be his final NBA stop

Wade: 'All is good in Wade county'

If nothing else, at least with this Dwyane Wade reunion the what's-next portion of the equation no longer will be in question with the Miami Heat's all-time leading scorer.

After leaving the Heat for his hometown Chicago Bulls in 2016 free agency and then opting to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to this season, Wade made it clear in the wake of Friday's emotional return to AmericanAirlines Arena that there will be no further need for moving vans.

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"This is it for me guys," Wade told NBA TV after the Heat's victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. "I'm [going to] stay here until I decide to hang it up. This is home and I'm so happy to be back."

After uneven locker-room experiences in Chicago and Cleveland, Wade said he felt the embrace was immediate.

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"I feel like I'm a part of the group already," he said.

Beyond the six players on the roster from when he last played with the Heat in 2015-16, Wade, 36, said his goal is to mentor the Heat newcomers, just as he was mentored in the Heat locker room over his first 13 NBA seasons by Eddie Jones, Brian Grant, Steve Smith, Shaquille O'Neal and Gary Payton.

Wade joked in his NBA TV interview of finally being able to sleep in his own bed. He reiterated how he always viewed South Florida as his true home.

"My family, they're happy," he said. "They're not only happy for themselves, they're happy for me, Miami's my family. I think as you've seen with the crowd, they're happy. All is good in the Wade household and all is good in Wade County."

Wade is completing the one-year, $2.3 million contract he signed with the Cavaliers after he received his buyout from the Bulls, to become a free agent on July 1. He has yet to address playing beyond this 15th NBA season.

Because of the Heat's impending position against the luxury tax, the most likely avenue to a return would be another contract at the NBA minimum, which for a player with Wade's tenure, would be $2.4 million in 2018-19. The NBA subsidizes such minimum-scale deals, further reducing the salary-cap hits to teams, as is the case this season, when Wade's contract counts only $1.5 million against the salary cap.

The Heat also will have mid-level and bi-annual exceptions that could be put in play for a potential Wade return next season, but utilization of such exemptions could work adversely against the luxury tax, with the Heat already facing such challenges with Wayne Ellington's impending free agency.

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Wade has earned in excess of $180 million in salary over his NBA career.

Jones Jr. to G League

After spending several days in limbo amid the Heat's injury situation and the acquisition of Wade, guard Derrick Jones Jr., a starter as recently as the Heat's Wednesday loss to the Houston Rockets, has been returned to the team's developmental-league affiliate, the G League Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Jones has only six days of NBA service remaining on his two-way contract.

Jones played off the bench for the Skyforce in a 110-93 victory Saturday over the Reno Bighorns, closing with 16 rebounds.

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With the Heat at the NBA maximum of 15 players on their roster, it is possible that Jones, Derrick Walton Jr., who holds the Heat's other two-way contract, and Heat G League prospects Briante Weber and Larry Drew spend bulk of the balance of the season with the Skyforce.

Weber and Drew remain available to be signed by any NBA team. Jones and Walton remain bound to the Heat.

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