The Miami Heat's trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Dwyane Wade, in the minds of many involved, will go down as the last deal Henry Thomas ever swung. And it was a homecoming Wade did not see coming -- at least not this way. Thomas, until his death last month, was the agent for both Wade and Heat captain Udonis Haslem. Thomas had deep relationships with the Heat, through his representation of those two players as well as Chris Bosh, Tim Hardaway, Shaun Livingston and others. The Heat even had a moment of silence before a home game on the day that Thomas died. At Thomas' funeral in Chicago, fences were mended. Wade and Heat president Pat Riley, whose relationship would best be described as strained since Wade left for Chicago in the summer of 2016, hugged. Simple as it sounds, that's all Wade needed to be convinced that his plan for returning to Miami one day would become reality. "Hank's still doing his job from above," Haslem said. Less than two weeks later, Wade's back in Miami.
Dwyane Wade surprised by trade despite buried hatchet with Pat Riley
ESPN | Feb 8