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Dwyane Wade is one of LeBron James’ best friends, but even he does not know where the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar will play next season.
However, he does believe this — James’ choice won’t be solely based on basketball as he heads to unrestricted free agency for the third time if he declines his $35.6 million player option, as expected.
“I think at this point in his life it’s more so of a lifestyle thing,” Wade said during an interview on Fox Sports Radio’s “Chris and Caron” show. “’Where is my family going to be the most comfortable at? Where am I going to be the happiest at?’
“Because basketball-wise he’s so great, he can take along whoever.”
James and Wade played four seasons together in Miami, reaching the Finals in all four seasons (2011-2014) and winning titles in back-to-back seasons in 2012 and 2013.
They were reunited this season in Cleveland when Wade was bought out by the Chicago Bulls and signed with the Cavaliers for the NBA-minimum $2.3 million.
Wade averaged 11.2 points in 46 games in Cleveland before he was traded back home to Miami on Feb. 8 for a second-round draft choice.
“It’s crazy because in this league you never know what happens,” Wade said.
He said he went to Cleveland to be part of a playoff run with James and the Cavaliers. Instead, he and his Miami teammates were KO’d in the first round of the postseason by the Philadelphia 76ers in five games.
“I didn’t sign in Cleveland for 82 games in the regular season. I signed with them so I could be there in the playoffs,” Wade said. “I was there for that moment. So, I definitely thought I could have made a difference.”