Cavs’ Wade to come off bench; Rose out

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade is coming off his best game of the early season.

Dwyane Wade will move to the bench and J.R. Smith back into the starting lineup at shooting guard, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told reporters Monday after practice.

Wade came to Lue, according to the coach, and both parties decided this was the best move for the Cavs moving forward. This is expected to be the long-term solution.

“Why wait?” Wade said to reporters.

Wade has struggled mightily in the previous two games, and is averaging a career-low 5.7 points per game. He admitted he has struggled with his role.

“I’m trying to find it, man,” Wade told reporters Saturday. “It’s very different, different than I’ve ever played. Just trying to find my way, as we go on, see how I can be best for this team. Everything’s happened so fast. This has been a long, a long week.”

Cavaliers star LeBron James said the team needs to figure out a solution involving Wade.

“We’ve got to get him going at some point,” James said. “That’s something we’re going to look at and we’re all trying to figure it out as well. But we’ve got to get him going.”

Meanwhile, Lue said point guard Derrick Rose is expected to miss several more days with a sprained ankle, suffered in the second game of the season at Milwaukee.

Jose Calderon will start in place of Rose for Tuesday’s home game vs. Chicago, Lue said. Wade could potentially serve as the first point guard off the bench.

1 Comment on "Cavs’ Wade to come off bench; Rose out"

  1. Good to see Wade take his ego out of this. He could be another Manu Ginobili at this point in his career and really help this team.

    So, Sam, any word on Cavs interest in Bledsoe for the BKN pick? I know you said you would pull the trigger on that. It does seem like a good option. Then they can trade Isaiah in 3 months as he gets healthy.

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