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LeBron ‘absolutely’ wishes Wade was still on Cavaliers

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James said he thinks Wade would have helped the Cavaliers in the playoffs.

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When the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat in February 2018, it appeared LeBron James was happy for his longtime friend. James posted a picture of Wade on Instagram saying as much.

In a story on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster overhaul at the trade deadline, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman asked for James’ “blessing to offer Wade to chance to return to Miami.”

But now, down 3-0 to the Golden State Warriors in the Finals? The NBA’s best player said he’d like to have Wade on the Cavaliers. The following is an excerpt of a story from the Palm Beach Post’s Anthony Chiang.

“Oh, absolutely,” James said to reporters Thursday when asked if he wishes the Cavaliers still had Wade, with Golden State leading the championship series 3-0. “I mean, listen, not only from a brotherhood aspect and what we know about one another, and also from an experience factor.

“I believe that he would have been very, very good for us in the postseason. He’s a guy that’s kind of built for the postseason at this point in his career, who lives for the moment. So definitely, definitely think about that. It seems so long ago that he was even a part of this ball club, but definitely think about it from time to time.”

James also mentioned former Heat teammates Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem as smart players during his media availability. After Miller spent three years with James on the Heat, he later rejoined James for the 2014-15 season with the Cavaliers.

Do these statements have anything to do with Miami’s unusually high Las Vegas odds to win the championship next year? Just like four years ago, James’ impending free agency has the power to radically alter the NBA landscape.