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Dwyane Wade introduced as newest member of Cleveland Cavaliers

By The Sports Xchange
Former Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade signed with the Cle3veland Cavaliers on Wednesday. Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI
Former Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade signed with the Cle3veland Cavaliers on Wednesday. Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI | License Photo

Dwyane Wade was introduced to the Cleveland media on Friday and let it be known how excited he was to be back with close friend LeBron James.

The two went to four NBA Finals and won two championships in four years together with the Miami Heat before James left to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 2013-14 season.

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"We're just ... it's like peanut butter and jelly, man," Wade said of his relationship with James. "We just go together.

"...Every time we walk by each other in the locker room and everywhere, we just look at each other and shake our head because it just don't seem real. It's like, 'How did this happen? How did we get here?' We just start laughing every time we walk by each other."

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Wade averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 60 games with his hometown Bulls last season but was not interested in being a part of a long rebuilding process and agreed to a contract buyout, reportedly leaving $8 million on the table before signing with the Cavaliers for the veteran's minimum of $2.3 million.

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"I've been lucky enough in this league to be in a lot of big games, a lot of big moments," Wade said. "Been in five Finals and my whole life I've been in some big moments so that's what makes me alive. You come into a basketball season and you just plan to play, I don't like that feeling. You don't feel like you can compete for a championship and your hope is hopefully to go to the playoffs, like I like to know that it's going to be a long season. Those are things that make me feel alive. Just being on that big stage, being in those moments.

"Once I got the opportunity to get the buyout, I looked around and I was flattered by the teams that reached out, but at the end of the day, this is where I wanted to be, this is where I felt I should be from a basketball perspective to come in and be a part of this. This team right here from top to bottom is one of the most talented teams I've been on. Just happy to come and to be able to add whatever I can to this group."

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Wade owns career averages of 23.3 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 14 seasons with Miami and Chicago.

The overhauled roster in Cleveland includes Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Jose Calderon and Wade.

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