Wade, 33, has missed 16 games this season while battling a variety of injuries, most recently a hamstring which has caused him to miss the last six games. He is also expected to sit out Wednesday's contest against the
"I felt like this was best," Wade said, according to the Associated Press. "I wasn't going to play much either way. I think with the circumstances, I think the smartest thing to do is let someone else come in and really enjoy the All-Star experience."
Other replacements for the All-Star game include
Wade has made 11 All-Star teams, with seven starting nods, over the course of his 11-year career. In 2010, he was named the game's most valuable player.
"I think I owe it to the Heat fans to at least play in a Heat jersey first than go out there in the All-Star Game and play a couple minutes," Wade said.
The Heat (22-29) hold a one-game lead over the
"It's going to be an interesting second half of the season for us, because we've got something to play for," Wade said. "We'll see how we respond."
Miami has made the playoffs evey year since the 2002-03 season and has won three titles (2006, 2012, 2013) during that stretch.