After 12 years with the Heat, Dwyane Wade needed a reminder of how much Miami valued him. Once he found out, any chance of his leaving vanished.
Wade accepted a one-year, $20-million deal yesterday to stay with the Heat. A pair of conversations, first with Heat CEO Nick Arison and then with managing general partner Micky Arison, reminded Wade of what he meant to the team, and from there, it was a matter of just making the numbers work.
"Sitting down with Nick, sitting down with Micky and having conversations with them that I've never had, that was big for me," Wade told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "I've never had a business conversation with one of them . . . They got to show me how much they really wanted me to be here, how important it was for them that I continue to wear one jersey."
Duncan returning to Spurs
Tim Duncan, 39, is returning to the Spurs for a 19th season. He told the San Antonio Express-News that "I'll be on the court next year."
Lillard staying with Blazers
Damian Lillard has agreed to terms with the Trail Blazers on a five-year extension worth more than $120 million. The Blazers also agreed to a three-year, $20-million deal with forward Ed Davis.
Around the league
Monta Ellis and the Pacers agreed to a four-year deal worth $44 million . . . The Pelicans and Omer Asik agreed on a five-year deal for a minimum of $44 million and rising up to $58 million with incentives . . . The Suns traded Marcus Morris, Danny Granger and Reggie Bullock to the Pistons for a future draft pick in a bid to clear salary-cap space . . . The Wizards agreed to acquire Jared Dudley from the Bucks for a future second-round draft pick . . . Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. -- AP