James and I a perfect match, says Wade

CLEVELAND (Ohio) • The National Basketball Association side Cleveland Cavaliers introduced their new signing Dwyane Wade to their fans on Friday, and the player said he cannot wait to be reunited with LeBron James because, like ham and eggs and peaches and cream, the duo are a matching pair.

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

Wade, 35, went to four NBA Finals and won two championships in four years with the Miami Heat before James, 32, left to join his hometown Cavaliers.

"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," Wade said.

"It's like, 'How did this happen? How did we get here?' We just start laughing every time we walk by each other."

Wade last week reached a buyout agreement with the Chicago Bulls, reportedly leaving US$8 million (S$10.8 million) on the table before signing with the Cavaliers for the veterans' minimum of US$2.3 million.

Wade, who grew up on Chicago's south side, averaged 18.3 points and 3.8 assists in 60 games for the Bulls last season. It was his lowest points total since his 2003 rookie season.

 

  • 2.3m
    The salary (in US$) Dwyane Wade will receive at the Cleveland Cavaliers, the amount that is the stipulated minimum for veteran players.

"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. Those are things that make me feel alive. Just being on that big stage, being in those moments."

He owns a career average of 23.3 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 14 seasons with Miami and Chicago.

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

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 01, 2017, with the headline 'James and I a perfect match, says Wade'. Print Edition | Subscribe