A day after LeBron James made his decision to leave the Miami Heat to go to the Cleveland Cavaliers, former teammate Dwyane Wade provided his thoughts on the move.
The veteran guard released this statement, via Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press:
Statement from Dwyane Wade. pic.twitter.com/0mQs7ZNyNK— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) July 12, 2014
This seems to be a supportive sentiment from a player who spent the last four years having plenty of success on the court with James.
It echoes the thought process of the four-time MVP, who discussed the good times he had with the Heat in his essay to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated:
I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB. We made sacrifices to keep UD. I loved becoming a big bro to Rio. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that’s exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. I’ve talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished. We are brothers for life. I also want to thank Micky Arison and Pat Riley for giving me an amazing four years.
Unlike the hostility that occurred when James left Cleveland four years ago, there is definitely a friendlier atmosphere and more universal respect this time around.
Now the question is what Wade will do with his own career. The 32-year-old veteran opted out of his contract and is apparently close to returning on a new deal, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel:
Heat currently working on finalizing deals with Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, involved party tells Sun Sentinel.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 11, 2014
However, Wade does have a few more offers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
The Chicago Bulls are gauging interest with free agent Dwyane Wade, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
My understanding is Mavs did indeed reach out to agent of Dwyane Wade yesterday ... to confirm plans of Chris Bosh, who agent also reps.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 12, 2014
No matter what he does over the next few weeks, his supportive statement to James will remain a classy gesture to a former teammate that will be remembered for a long time.
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