Friday , Jun , 17 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Heat pick up options on Wade and ‘Zo’

The Miami Heat on Friday picked up the team option on second-year guard Dwyane Wade for the 2006-07 season along with veteran center Alonzo Mourning for the 2005-06 season.

Wade, who had a breakout season in 2004, netted 24.1 points per game while dishing out 6.8 assists per contest. He also grabbed 5.2 rebounds per game to emerge as an All-Star with the upstart Heat.

The second-year pro out of Marquette, came of age in the postseason, tallying 384 points in only 14 playoff games to set a new postseason franchise record for most total points scored during a single postseason. Miami was eventually bounced in the Eastern Conference Finals by Detroit in seven games.

Mourning, who rejoined the Heat back on March 1 as a free agent after playing two seasons with New Jersey, provided veteran leadership off the bench for the Heat.

During the 2004-05 season, Mourning averaged 7.6 points per game, while hauling down 5.4 rebounds to go along with 2.00 blocks in 37 games (17 starts).