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After trading Kyrie Irving to Boston, the Cavaliers retooled and at least put themselves in another solid opportunity to enter the season with a high chance to go back to the NBA Finals.
However, their most recent resigning could be the final piece of the puzzle they were looking for.
Twelve time All-Star and Chicago native Dwyane Wade is heading to “The Land” for a 1 year, 2.3 million dollar deal after agreeing to a buyout with the hometown Chicago Bulls. Wade gave back eight million dollars to Bulls as part of the buyout agreement.
With the addition of Wade, LeBron James will be reuniting with his longtime friend, and the reunion could not have came at a more perfect time. The Cavs add more depth to the roster, allowing the bench to become even stronger than it originally was.
The Cavs already traded for All-Star Isaiah “Mr. 4th Quarter” Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick, which potentially can be lottery protected. And we cannot forget about the low-ball signing of Chicago phenom Derrick Rose. With Wade in the starting lineup, the Cavs have added to an already balanced scoring attack between Thomas, D-Rose and King James himself.
Wade, who averaged 18 points a game in his lone season with the Bulls, also adds various amounts of deep-playoff experience to the already championship winning franchise.
Flash helped bring the Miami Heat their first franchise championship in 2006, averaging 36 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists a game, all while winning the Finals MVP. During his time with James in Miami, he averaged 23 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds, started James’ dominant Finals appearance streak and went to the Finals 4 straight seasons, winning half of those trips.
It was during his final few years in Miami where Wade helped show the King what it truly takes to not just be a champion, but be a champion and stay dominant within the process. James has been doing pretty good after going to the Finals three straight years after his return back home, but his 1-2 record and most recent loss to their rival super team Golden State Warriors consistently hangs above his head. Adding Wade can change that narrative this season.
Wade had the opportunity to play with the upcoming powerhouse in Oklahoma City, and for Wade to turn that offer down to stay with James shows the seriousness of truly winning another title, but significance in the way he wants to do it.
Wade’s relationship with James on and off the court gives the Cavs an extra boost that James never really had in Cleveland. Wade is one of the few players that James could truly trust and could hold James accountable for his mistakes while being the supportive sidekick that can help get James over the hump during his down moments. Wade can also relieve the pressure off of James as well in the final moments of the game.
With Irving gone and Thomas out for at least half of the season, he can easily step in and become that playmaking X-factor in the clutch moments, something LeBron lacked in the two of the three latest Finals clashes.
Wade’s mentorship can be vital for the newcomers to the team like D-Rose, who is thriving to not just win a championship, but also get his name into the conversation as one of the league’s most elite players.
Wade may be 35 and going into the 15th year of his career, but he still has a lot to offer to a championship team. Adding Wade for a low price shows Cleveland how bad Wade wants to win his fourth championship, how he would wants to win the championship, and how he can be the final piece of the puzzle to get it done.
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