Wade would enjoy facing Cavaliers in playoffs

Dwyane Wade, now back with the Miami Heat, says he would enjoy squaring off against LeBron James and the rest of his former Cleveland teammates in the playoffs.

Dwyane Wade is no longer a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he’d like to see them again.

In the playoffs.

Wade, traded by Cleveland on deadline day (Feb. 8) back home to Miami in exchange for a second-round draft choice, said he would enjoy taking on his former Cavalier teammates, including close friend LeBron James, in the postseason.

“Yeah, that would be cool, that would actually be pretty cool,” Wade said. “We’ve gotten close a few times, but either they lost or we lost or something like that.”

Wade, 36, admits there is work to be done, regardless, for the Heat (35-31).

“But we’d definitely have to put ourselves in a position — right now, they’re in the third seed, we’re in the seventh or eighth or whatever,” he said “We’d definitely have to put ourselves in a position to end the season better than we’ve played of late, but as a competitor, you know I would love it.”

Entering play Saturday, Cleveland (38-27) is third in the East, but only a half-game ahead of Washington and Indiana, 2.5 games better than Philadelphia and 3.5 games in front of Miami and Milwaukee.

Cleveland and Miami have never played in the playoffs, the Heat being one of three Eastern Conference teams the Cavaliers have not faced in the postseason, the others being Milwaukee and Charlotte.