Dwyane Wade Agrees To One Year Cleveland Cavaliers Deal
Three-time NBA champion has reportedly committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
James and Wade have been friends since entering the NBA together in 2003, and were teammates with the Heat for four seasons from 2010 through 2014. They won two titles together and went to the NBA Finals in each of those seasons, and remained close even after James left Miami for a return to his hometown team in Cleveland.
Wade spent the first 13 seasons of his career with the Heat after they selected him with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2003 draft. He then played for the Chicago Bulls last season and averaged 18.3 points per game, but they reached a buyout in which he forfeited roughly $8 million of his $23.8 million 2017-18 salary.
James has made no secret that he wanted Wade in Cleveland, even with the Cavaliers coming off three straight trips to the NBA Finals.
All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was traded to Boston this off-season, and the All-Star that the Cavaliers got back from the Celtics Isaiah Thomas isn’t expected to play until January because of hip issues.
Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson believes Wade would be a “great” fit in Cleveland.
“He’s a guy that’s proven, not just individually, but a team that won three championships,” Thompson said.
“He’s pretty familiar with most of the guys on our team.
He’s always been a good locker room guy. We’ve never heard anything bad.
“It would be great for our team to have another championship-mentality player.”
The Cavs also signed 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose, and now will add a 12-time All-Star and three-time champion to the mix as well.
“I want to say Dwyane was very professional entirely through his time here,” Bulls vice-president of basketball operations John Paxson said this week.
“We have nothing but good things to say about him — professional, great player, can still play the game. We wish him well, and we’re happy he’s in a good place and will find a situation that’s best for him.”