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Heat legend Dwyane Wade reveals why Jimmy Butler ‘really wanted to be in Miami’

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Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade says Jimmy Butler “really wanted to be in Miami” and the four-time All-Star got his wish this summer.

Butler signed a four-year, $140.79 million contract with the Heat in July as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. The swingman played for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sixers last season.

Wade says Butler wanted to play for the Heat because of the winning culture the franchise has exuded over the years.

“Jimmy, he really wanted to be in Miami,” Wade told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Heavy. “He wanted to be a part of the culture that Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra, myself and Udonis (Haslem) have held up and created.

“I think the guys on the team will be energized to have a guy like Jimmy there to push them. So, I look forward to them having a way better season obviously than we did the last season here in Miami.”

Jimmy Butler is one of the best two-way players in the game. He averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists with the Timberwolves and Sixers in 2018-19 while shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Butler was reportedly blown away by all the pomp and circumstance surrounding Dwyane Wade’s last home game with the Heat last season. The 30-year-old Texas native told friends after Wade’s final game in Miami against the Sixers that being able to see what Miami and the Heat organization are about left an enormous impact on him.