​It's always heartwarming to see jersey exchanges between veterans and rising stars, but this swap between ​Dwyane Wade and ​Ben Simmons following a game between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers felt just a little bit more special. 

​​The exchange is like a symbolic changing of the guard. Wade, who is in the midst of his final season in the NBA, has been one of the league's most talented and respected players of the past two decades.


Simmons, meanwhile, won the Rookie of the Year award last season and is at the forefront of the Philadelphia 76ers' attempt to capture a title after an extended tanking process that featured five consecutive losing seasons and three seasons with a sub-.250 winning percentage.


The game was Wade's final appearance in the City of Brotherly Love, and players both past and present were more than eager to pay their respect.

It's just another stop down on Wade's retirement tour, and now both he and Simmons have something to show for it.