To a degree, Toney Douglas' primary task will be completed Wednesday night when the Miami Heat close out the regular season against the Philadelphia 76ers at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Since being acquired from the Golden State Warriors in January in the three-team trade that sent Joel Anthony to the Boston Celtics, Douglas essentially has been asked to be a seat-filler, to allow the Heat to bide time amid the ongoing absences of guard Dwyane Wade.

This weekend, when the playoffs begin, the expectation is that Wade again will load up on minutes, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole will split time at point guard, and Douglas will go back to a role closer to the one he held at the start of the season with the Warriors, at the end of the bench.

And he'll do it without complaint, and with appreciation for the opportunity the fifth-year guard out of Florida State has had to revive his career. His 16 starts this season with the Heat are seven more than he had the previous two seasons combined.

"This trade helped me out tremendously, a lot. I'm not going to sit here and lie to you," he said, believing he is in a far better place heading into free agency this summer. "That was the best thing that ever happened, honestly. Nothing against the Warriors -- great teammates, great guys, great coaching staff, great GM, great owner -- but everything happens for a reason. I came here, I found my niche."