On Tuesday afternoon, the Cleveland Cavaliers reached a one-year, $2.3 million agreement with three-time champion Dwyane Wade. One member of the team who seems to be over the moon about the recent acquisition is LeBron James, Wade’s long-time friend and former teammate with the Miami Heat.
After today’s practice session at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence, Ohio, James spoke to a group of reporters about the Cavs’ addition of Wade, who recently received a buyout from the Chicago Bulls. The King, who seemed to be in good spirits, says having Wade on the team feels like seeing a friend in a classroom full of strangers.
“It’s kind of like when you start school,” James said. “You walk into the classroom and you’re not sure who your classmates are. Then, when you walk in and one of your best friends is there, you’re like, ‘this is gonna be fun.'”
LeBron James with an interesting comparison to Dwyane Wade joining the Cavs: pic.twitter.com/KabbJU2pPj
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Wade, now 35 years of age, should be an excellent addition to the Cavs’ back-court rotation. In his 60 games played for the Bulls last season, the 12-time NBA All Star averaged 18.3 points on 43 percent shooting from the field, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.4 steals in 29.9 minutes per contest.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Wade’s buyout is expected to be finalized by Wednesday. The Cavs plan to sign the former Marquette Golden Eagle shortly after that happens.
With the start of the 2017-18 NBA season less than one month away, Cavs fans won’t have to wait much longer to see Wade and James in on-court action together.