Heat's Dwyane Wade gets engaged

Updated: December 22, 2013, 1:44 PM ET
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MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are engaged.

The Miami Heat star proposed to his longtime girlfriend Saturday, and the actress accepted. They announced the news through social media, around the same time as the two-time defending NBA champions were gathering for a team Christmas party.

Union wrote on Twitter: "Sooooo this happened  ... #Yessss."

It will be the second marriage for both Union, 41, and Wade, who turns 32 next month. No date has been announced, and the couple did not release any formal statements about the engagement Saturday night.

"It was intimate," Wade said Sunday at practice. "I did it at my house. It was very unexpected, just a regular Saturday. My kids were involved, we asked her to marry all of us. Not just me, it's a package deal. It was cool."

LeBron James called it "a great thing for him and his family."

"I'm happy for him and Gab and also his kids to be able to come together as one," James said Sunday. "I'm looking forward to the wedding. It's going to be special."

Wade proposed to Union before the party.

"A special evening," Heat managing general partner Micky Arison wrote on Twitter.

Added Adrienne Bosh, the wife of Heat forward Chris Bosh, also on Twitter: "The @MiamiHEAT Christmas party always brings great traditions and the BEST surprises."

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AP Photo/Omar Vega/InvisionDwyane Wade proposed to actress Gabrielle Union before the Heat's Christmas party Saturday night.

The couple have been together for several years and there were recent indications that marriage was in the plans -- specifically how their Christmas cards had a return address sticker calling them the "Wade-Union Family."

That's also referenced in the cards, which bear the message "Happy Holidays from the Wade-Union Family." The cards also show photos of Wade and Union together, along with photos of them with Wade's two sons and the nephew he's raising.

Wade was clearly in a giving mood Saturday. He presented each of his teammates from last season's championship run with green jackets, reminiscent of what golfers get for winning the Masters.

Wade has spent his entire pro career with the Heat since being drafted in 2003, helping the team win three championships and taking home MVP honors from the NBA Finals in 2006.

Union has starred in movies such as "Bring It On" and "Think Like A Man," along with the BET series "Being Mary Jane."

"It was great. I give it a B-plus," Bosh said Sunday, laughing.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh was used in this report.

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