(NEW YORK) — Heat forward Dwyane Wade wasn’t surprised when his former teammate, LeBron James, told him that he’d be going back to Cleveland to play with the Cavaliers.
Wade said on Friday that he supported whatever decision James’ was going to make, but had a feeling he’d be headed back to Cleveland.
“Yeah, I went to sleep knowing,” Wade told reporters. “He called me the next day. But I knew then. Obviously he still had to say the final yay or nay, but I knew. I could tell.”
“As his friend, I’m just supportive,” Wade continued. “As crazy as that might sound, I’m supportive of my friends doing what makes them happy. Obviously, same thing with him in this situation. You’ve gotta do what makes you happy — selfishly do what makes you happy. The decision to go back home was that.”
The Heat brought in free agents Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, and Danny Granger. The team also resigned All-Star and two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh.
“It was a different summer for us,” Wade said. “It’s no secret, obviously; it’s been a change in how we looked the last four years by losing LeBron to Cleveland. I think our ownership has done a great job so far of trying to not replace but recover from that. The only thing we do as a franchise and as players is we move forward.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN