Wade back with Cavs after agent's death

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Posted at Jan 31 2018 09:49 AM

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade (9) shoots in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson (67) at Target Center. Brad Rempel, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Dwyane Wade returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday following a leave of absence to be by the side of his longtime agent Henry "Hank" Thomas, who died of a neuromuscular disease over the weekend at the age of 64.

Wade had missed the Cavs' last two games after stepping away from the team early Friday.

"This is the best place to be, back on the court with my teammates, back in the locker room," Wade told reporters at Tuesday's shootaround. "I come back to a good vibe, the team has won two in a row. So just happy to be back, happy to be around the guys."

Wade tweeted on Monday that he had spent some time in the gym with his teammates that day. He shared a lengthy tribute to Thomas on his Instagram on Sunday.

"It's tough, obviously, for anybody who's lost somebody who's close to them and loves them," Wade said Tuesday. "I've never lost anybody in my family that has been close to me. This is the first person that I've lost. Just dealing with that.

"Obviously understanding for the last year he's been getting sicker and sicker. But it doesn't make it any easier. I've definitely tried to remember the 15 years I've had with him. I've tried to remember the good times.

"As I said in my post, I hated calling him my agent because he's definitely been so much more than that in my life.

"He's definitely a father to me. He's going to be missed. My goal is to take what he taught me and take the legacy that he leaves and try to continue to live it out, continue to live it on and continue to make him proud of me."

Wade said he will attend Thomas' funeral in Chicago later this week, but "won't miss any significant time" away from the team.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue intends to have Wade return to his role as the first guard off the bench against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night, though he noted that Wade is dealing with discomfort in his shoulder.

"I had shoulder surgery before on that shoulder," Wade said. "Sometimes it gets hit and doesn't feel as great. I've had a couple days off; it feels a lot better."

Wade is averaging 11.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 42 games this season.

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