The reunion has been put on hold, but not put aside, Dwyane Wade said.

Despite signing Wednesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the wake of his buyout from the Chicago Bulls, Wade continues to stress his affection for the franchise where he spent his first 13 seasons and won three championships.

To the 35-year-old guard, he can go home again to the Miami Heat, even if not just right away.

"Miami, the door's always unlocked," he told the Associated Press. "One day I want to retire in a Miami Heat jersey. I don't know how that will happen, but I definitely want to make sure than when I decide to hang it up, that jersey is on.

"Whether it's being back there or signing a one-day deal like Paul Pierce, I want to make sure that I go out the way I came in."

Wade's comment echoed one offered by Heat President Pat Riley after rancorous split between the two during the 2016 offseason, when Riley ceded the Heat's negotiation position to Heat owner Micky Arison, a decision he said he came to regret.

"There will always be a key under the mat," Riley said at the time. "I just hope it doesn't get too rusty, that's all."

That key will be available only once this season, with Cleveland's lone visit to AmericanAirlines Arena on March 27, the Cavaliers this season visiting only once, just as Wade's Bulls visited only once last season.

In the wake of Wade's departure last season the Heat took out full-page advertisements in South Florida newspapers echoing Riley's words, saying, "We'll leave a key under the mat for you."