Dwyane Wade on LeBron James’ decision: ‘I don’t think it’s a basketball thing’

CLEVELAND, Ohio — No player in the NBA knows LeBron James better than his buddy Dwyane Wade.But, just like the rest of the basketball world, Wade is in the same position, eagerly awaiting James’ next move.Even though he doesn’t know yet where James will go this summer — or if James will choose to stay in Cleveland — Wade believes he has a handle on what will go into the decision.”I don’t think it’s a basketball thing,” Wade said while appearing on Fox Sports Radio’s Chris Mannix and Caron Butler show. “I mean obviously he’s shown this year he can get to the Finals no matter what the circumstances are. I don’t really think, for him, the basketball decision of saying, ‘Oh, let me go team up with three All-Stars,’ I think at this point in his life it’s more so of a lifestyle thing of, ‘Where my family is going to be the most comfortable’ or ‘where I’m going be the most happiest at.’ Because basketball-wise, he’s so great he can bring along and take along whomever.”Wade was at the center of James’ decision to leave Cleveland and join the Miami Heat in 2010, seeking more talented teammates after repeatedly falling short with the Cavaliers in his first stint. And while Wade didn’t learn of James’ plan to rejoin the Cavs in 2014 until the letter was released, the 36-year-old veteran was certainly supportive, recognizing the importance of going back home.Wade even followed that plan himself, leaving Miami to sign with his hometown Chicago Bulls in 2016 before asking for a buyout this past off-season to team up with James, hoping to rekindle that on-court magic.That didn’t go according to plan.Wade was traded back to the Heat during a Cavaliers roster overhaul at the trade deadline, as they wanted to open more playing time for youngster Cedi Osman and three newly added perimeter players (Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and George Hill).That Wade move backfired. Even James admitted prior to Game 4 that he thought about how the Finals could’ve been different with Wade still on his side.Wade said he wondered the same.”Well, it definitely crossed my mind because I signed to Cleveland for that exact reason, to compete in the championship,” he said. “I didn’t sign with Cleveland for 82 games in the regular season. I signed with them so that I can be there in the playoffs, and to be a part of the winning, of the success and try to take down one of the greatest teams of all time. I wanted to be a part of that. So, it definitely crossed my mind.

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