Dwyane Wade Thinks LeBron James' Priority Is Family, Not Teaming with NBA Stars

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James in action in the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Dwyane Wade offered an opinion about LeBron James' future as the four-time NBA MVP enters an offseason in which he could become the most prized asset on the free-agent market.

During an interview on Chris and Caron, Wade posited that James' decision will not come down to basketball (h/t @Lefty_Leif on Twitter):

Leif @Lefty_Leif

DWade to @ChrisAndCaron : Doesn't think Bron is looking at teaming up with multiple stars a top priority. Won't be about basketball. Family being comfortable and happy comes first. Hmm.....

Wade's comments echoed what James said in April about what will determine the next step in his basketball career.

"My family. That's all that matters," he said, per Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon. "I want to continue to win at the highest level, because I know I can still do it as an individual, and then my family. My family is what's most important to me, more than anything."

James also acknowledged, however, he wanted to remain in "championship mode" following the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA Finals defeat to the Golden State Warriors, according to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck. As deep as James' ties to Northeast Ohio go, the Cavs likely won't offer the best path to his fourth NBA title.

James' desire to maintain a comfort level for his family could make both the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat strong contenders in the LeBron sweepstakes.

James spent four seasons in Miami and won two championships there. James and the Heat didn't exactly part on the best of terms, but if he put aside his differences with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, then a return to Miami wouldn't be that ridiculous.

While the Lakers aren't title contenders, they could have as much as $61.9 million in salary cap space available this offseason. That'd be enough to sign James and another marquee free agent. Not to mention, James and his family have a home in Los Angeles and toured a private school in the area in September.

No NBA story this offseason will be more interesting than James' potential free agency, and fans will be eager to examine every crumb that leads to his decision.