Dwayne Wade laced up his shoes for his final appearance in the NBA on Wednesday night when the Miami Heat visited the Brooklyn Nets and his “brotherhood” was right on the sidelines, cheering on the point guard’s final outing. LeBron James made it clear there was no way he, along with Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, were missing Wade’s final game.

The Heat No.3 brought his illustrious 16-year career to an end Wednesday night and despite his team losing 113-94, Wade ended the night in style with his fifth career triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He admitted immediately after that he can now “retire and be happy.”

James, who won two of his three NBA titles alongside Wade in 2012 and 2013, while making four NBA Finals appearances, said he had to be present for Wade’s last game with the Heat.

"Listen, we all started this journey together," James told Fox Sports Southeast during a courtside interview. "Obviously CP [Chris Paul] came into the league a couple years after us, but we have a brotherhood that is just so much more than basketball. CP played last night, we had our last regular-season game last night, and Melo is right here in New York, so we kind of made the plan and made the decision to come up here."

"Listen, we couldn't miss D-Wade's last game. This is the last time he's going to be on an NBA floor wearing that Miami Heat uniform, that No. 3, so we're happy to be here to support,” he added. "It's been an unbelievable journey for my guy, and I'm happy to be here for the last little part of the road before the train comes to a stop."

Meanwhile, on the same night Wade and Dirk Nowitzki were being paid tributes ahead of retirement, there was talk of another exit for a highly-rated player, but it was not under such cordial circumstances.

Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans watches the action against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, Feb. 22, 2019. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Anthony Davis requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans at the start of the year, but the team held off from trading him before the Feb. 7 deadline, opting instead to make the decision in the summer. There is almost no doubt he would leave at the end of the season with numerous teams waiting on the sidelines to make an offer.

The power forward, who has been used sparingly since his trade demand, has seen his relationship with the fans and the New Orleans franchise sour as the campaign comes to a close. And Tuesday night, Davis arrived at the Smoothie King Center for their final home game wearing a t-shirt that read “That’s All Folks”. It was a clear message from the six-time All-Star that it was his final appearance as a Pelican as he seeks a move away in the summer.