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Dwyane Wade releases statement on departure of LeBron James

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The longtime Heat lifer speaks out on losing his good friend to the Cavs.

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade issued the following statement that addresses LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"As a friend and a teammate, I am sad to see my brother LeBron leave to begin a new journey.

In 2010, we decided to come together all for one goal - to win championships and we succeeded. We were friends when we first joined the league and created an unbreakable bond the past four years.

Our collaboration will always be very special to me both personally and professionally. We shared something unique and he will always be part of my family.

LeBron made the right decision for himself and his family because home is where your heart is. I know this was not an easy decision to make and I support him in returning to his roots."

As an organization, a community, and as individuals we achieved the goals we set when we first signed on together.

We are champions."

Heat president Pat Riley released his own statement on Friday, also expressing disappointment in the decision but wishing the superstar well.