Dwyane Wade Didn’t Want Trade from Cavs, Wanted to Stay for NBA Finals Run | Bleacher Report

Friends and teammates Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade (9) walk the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. James and Wade were also teammates on the Miami Heat. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dwyane Wade said he didn’t request a trade back to the Miami Heat in February.

On Saturday, Joe Vardon of The Athletic provided Wade’s explanation of his decision to join the Cavs as a free agent in September 2017, which was based on the opportunity to make another trip to the NBA Finals:

“That’s why I signed there in the first place. If I had known [the trade] was gonna happen, I wouldn’t have signed there. It’s gonna be an item on my resume that’s hard to understand, but it happened. I know I filled my role while I was there, as a veteran and a leader. At least I can say I made some really cool relationships with the people who were there.”


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