LeBron James: Cavs Wanted Wade, But Couldn’t Afford Him

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It was not long ago that the Miami Heat enjoyed consecutive championship glory a few seasons ago. And not long before they lost they’re star players in LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.

In 2014, James left the Heat for his hometown of Cleveland Cavaliers and this summer saw Wade leave for his hometown of Chicago Bulls.

And with the Bulls and Cavs set to play each other in a preseason game, James talks about how he would have loved to link up with his former teammate.

“We couldn’t afford him,” James said. “It’s that simple.”

The former Heat signed a two-year deal with Chicago in the offseason worth about $47 million. The Cavs, well above the cap with a star-studded core of James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson all signed to long-term deals, could have offered Wade only the taxpayer midlevel exception, worth about $3.5 million.

Cleveland ended up using the MLE on retaining Richard Jefferson.

James, who has maintained his friendship with Wade since leaving Miami, unsurprisingly backed Wade’s decision to join the Bulls after playing the first 13 years of his career with the Heat.

“I support my guys — you guys know that,” James said. “That was a decision that he wanted to make and I support him.”



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