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Dwyane Wade Purchased a Stake of The Utah Jazz.

Feb 22, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat former player Dwyane Wade speaks during his jersey retirement celebration at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Today, it was reported that Dwyane Wade purchased a stake of the Utah Jazz. As a result, he plans to take on an active role as a part of the organization and region.

https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1383092927543533576

Turnover In Utah

Mar 29, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith talks with a young fan prior to their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

After the 2019 season, Dwayne Wade retired from the NBA and signed a lucrative media deal with TNT. Also, Wade’s purchase contributes to several changes that have occurred in Utah this season. Last October, long-term owner Gail Miller sold the team to the founder of Qualtrics, Ryan Smith. Though Wade comes in as an outsider to the Utah market, he has a plethora of experiences in the NBA to offer the organization.

Dwyane Wade, Utah Legend?

Moreover, Many fans have been surprised to see that Wade purchased a portion of the Jazz and not his long-time team, the Miami Heat. For instance, some have taken to Twitter to display their pain.

https://twitter.com/yaboysimon_/status/1383099106906796038

No Slow Jazz

Despite fan concerns, Wade wants to take an influential and important role with the Jazz.

“This goes way beyond the dream I had to just play basketball in the NBA,” Wade told ESPN.

Furthermore, Wade notes the roles that Shaq, Grant Hill, and Michael Jordan have had with their respective organizations. Because of their experiences, Wade believes that he can make an immediate impact with the Jazz.

https://twitter.com/bluewirepods/status/1383096578534207490?s=20

A Social Justice Move?

To continue, Dwyane might have implications for more than basketball. In the past, The Utah Jazz has a bad reputation for social justice issues. When Ryan Smith purchased the team, he came out in support of the Jazz being a microphone against the issues of systemic injustice.

“There’s nothing that is as bad of an experience as systemic racism.” “It’s not that we’re just going to be anti-racist, we’re going to be actively anti-racist as an organization. That means we’re going to take our time and our energy and we’re going to use this platform to help make our communities more equitable. This is going to be one of the things we do and it should have been done a hell of a long time ago I don’t know why we’re in this spot.”

Ryan Smith

Furthermore, Wade’s comments about forming a partnership with Ryan Smith seem to have similar parallels.

“Unfortunately, people in my community don’t get this opportunity, and I do not take it lightly to have this opportunity. To make real change, this is where you have to be — at the top — and Ryan knows that. I’m thankful for him, and I know too that I bring a lot to this partnership outside of just my basketball knowledge and skills.”

Dwayne Wade

Dwyane Wade Purchased At The Right Time

Apr 16, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Former NBA player Dwyane Wade is introduced during the first quarter of a game between the Utah Jazz and the Indiana Pacers at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Today it was announced that Wade has joined the Utah Jazz ownership group. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

At last, Dwyane Wade purchased this stake in the Jazz at an exciting time for the organization. Above all, the Jazz is having an awesome season, leading the Western Conference as the 1st seed. Many have noted the supporting cast being critical to the Jazz’ performance this season. Finally, Wade’s expertise and NBA experience make the Jazz interesting to follow this season and for seasons to come.

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