But another star is scheduled to return much sooner to the place he’d spent his entire career before 2016 free agency.
Dwyane Wade is set to head back to Miami in the season’s third week.
Wade’s first game back in Miami as a member of the Chicago Bulls has been scheduled for Nov. 10, a Thursday, and will be carried by TNT, according to a tentative, confidential schedule that has been circulated to NBA teams and TV partners.
The Heat is tentatively scheduled to open Oct. 26 at Orlando before hosting Charlotte on Oct. 28.
It’ll be interesting what type of reception Wade gets. He’s the greatest player in franchise history and helped the Heat win all three of their championships. But he also left for more money.
Whether Wade or management bears more responsible for that outcome is debatable. But fans almost always blame the player.
I expect a mix of cheers and boos with the friendly welcome being louder, but this could go either direction – especially because the fans who arrive for player introductions might not reflect the larger fan base.