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Heat reportedly schedule Dwyane Wade jersey retirement ceremony

The Miami Heat organization is wasting no time making sure Dwyane Wade’s No. 3 jersey hangs in the AmericanAirlines Arena rafters alongside those of other franchise legends.

According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Heat are targeting to officially retire Wade’s jersey before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 22.

The Heat’s plan is said to involve a “more reserved ceremony” before the game, with a more festive event occurring the night of Feb. 21, which is an open date on the team’s schedule.

With the Heat already having retried the No. 33 of Alonzo Mourning, No. 10 of Tim Hardaway, No. 32 of Shaquille O’Neal and No. 1 of Chris Bosh, Wade’s No. 3 will be the fifth jersey retired by the organization.

The Heat are also expected to one day retire LeBron James’ No. 6 jersey to complete fitting honors for the “Big Three,” who led the team to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances from 2011-14 and two NBA titles (2012, 2013).

Interestingly enough — and it stands to reason the Heat had the foresight to plan things in such a manner — Wade’s jersey retirement ceremony is scheduled on an off day for James’ Lakers, who will be in the midst of a three-game home stand.

Wade retired following the 2018-19 season as the Heat’s all-time leading scorer who was part of three championship squads. He played nearly his entire career with the Heat, outside of a one-season stint with his hometown Chicago Bulls (2016-17), then a brief stop with the Cleveland Cavaliers before returning to South Beach at the February 2018 trade deadline.