Dwyane Wade will no longer play for the Heat. It still feels weird to type that. The Heat are the only team Wade has ever known, and for 13 years, Wade has called Miami home.

Even when there was a fear that the 34-year-old could sign with another organization in 2010, he ended up convincing LeBron James and Chris Bosh to take their talents down to South Beach, instead of joining forces elsewhere. So when Dan Le Batard contacted Heat team president Pat Riley late Wednesday and asked for his reaction to Wade leaving, he was understandably emotional.

Per the Miami Herald: 

Riley was too raw to talk about it Wednesday night, but I asked him if he wanted to say anything about how he was feeling, and this is what he wrote by text:

“SADDDDDDD!!!! SO saddddddd! I will never forget the sixth game in Dallas in 2006. DW rebounded the ball, and threw it to the heavens and the Heat universe was perfect for that moment. Our first world championship. Our universe is not perfect today. It will be fraught with anger, judgment, blame instead of THANK YOU!!! Ten years ago. Ten years older. Ten years wiser. Ten years changed. All of us. Dwyane had a choice, and he made it. He went home. Bad, bad summer for us. But there will be another 10 years, and it will be someone or something else in 2026. Move on with no blood or tears. Just thanks. I truly loved Dwyane, but families grow, change and get on with another life. He will always be a part of us. ALWAYS! And no more bruises and enough fighting. Let’s just fly above it if we can and never forget. I feel his pain and pride for what pushed him over the ledge. Been there. Forever, for always, your coach I will be. FOREVER!”

This is definitely the end of an era for Miami-Wade County. 

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