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Dwyane Wade confirms return to Heat with Instagram photo tagged ‘#HeatLifer’

While the “Big Three” may have been whittled down to a “Downsized-But-Still-Kinda-Dynamic Duo,” that does not mean Dwyane Wade doesn’t feel an incredible amount of loyalty to the only team he has played for during his 11-year NBA career.

Even though LeBron James has returned home to play for the Cavaliers but with Chris Bosh still in the fold, D-Wade appears to have confirmed his return to the Miami Heat with a post to Instagram in which the 32-year-old veteran proclaims that he is all about Miami by tagging the photograph, “#HeatLifer.”

USA Today‘s Jeff Passan reports that a person familiar with the deal but requested anonymity told him that Wade will return to the Heat. Terms of the deal reportedly are two years for $34 million, but the AP pulled back on its reporting on those terms.

James, Bosh and Wade all opted out of their deals with the Heat and the presumption was that the three did so to enable a comeback. Of course, that proved not to be the case.

The Heat clearly are a less formidable of a force without James, but with re-upping with Bosh, Riley managed to bring in some talent by reaching deals with Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger, so the cupboard isn’t entirely bare in Miami.

But the loss of James is of course a near-fatal blow to the Heat’s hopes of making a return trip to the NBA Finals next season.

That appears to mean little to Wade as it relates to his love for the Heat. Along with the “#HeatLifer” tag, Wade writes on Instagram: “Home Is Where The Heart Is… My Home,My City,My House..

There you go. Perhaps LeBron’s leaving Miami was for the best. As the saying goes, “Three’s a crowd.” Or not. Okay, definitely not. Trying to apply that old to the situation in South Beach is ridiculous at best, even if D-Wade claims that he is a Heat for life.

The problem with being a lifer in any respect is that one invariably gets older during it. And that doesn’t bode well for the breaking-down Wade. He averaged only 19 points per game last season, the lowest points-per-game average since his rookie season. And as he gets longer and longer in the tooth, the downward trend may just continue, especially without LeBron around to take the bulk of the scoring load.