Mailbag: Why is Dwyane Wade willing to play off the bench with the Cavaliers, and what does this mean for the Heat?

Dwyane Wade #9 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on while playing the Chicago Bulls during a pre season game at Quicken Loans Arena on October 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag.

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@Aj3th: Now that Dwyane Wade is willing to play off the bench with the Cavaliers, does that mean he’ll be accepting of that role when he returns to the Heat?

Anthony Chiang: Dwyane is coming back to Miami? That’s news to me. But yes, this has been an interesting week for Dwyane and the Cavaliers. After just three regular-season games with Cleveland, Dwyane asked to come off the bench moving forward. This is definitely something new for the 12-time All-Star, who had started in 904 of the 915 regular-season games he’s appeared in and all of the 172 postseason games he’s played entering this season. And it’s a sign that Dwyane, 35, might be starting to realize that he can’t be one of the top options on a championship contender anymore. Key words: championship contender. Dwyane seems to be OK with a bench role in Cleveland, but would he be fine with that secondary role merely on a playoff contender like the Heat? That’s really the question here. For now, let’s see how Dwyane adjusts to his bench role with the Cavaliers. Then, we can bring up the possibility of a return to the Heat this summer when he hits free agency.

@iamtzamac: When Hassan Whiteside comes back, is there a room for Bam Adebayo in the big man rotation?

Anthony Chiang: On a consistent basis, probably not. But based on game-by-game matchups, maybe. When Hassan returns, Bam will be behind Kelly Olynyk, James Johnson and Hassan on the frontcourt depth chart. And Jordan Mickey is another player who could see playing time ahead of Bam in some games. But as we saw against the Spurs on Wednesday, when coach Erik Spoelstra wants speed on the court, Bam is the guy to turn to.

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