Dwyane Wade was perceived to be a calming influence, a key member of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ “Bench Mob” that helped spur an 18-win-in-19 game stretch, including a 13-game winning streak.
However, according to a report, Wade may not have been all that he was made out to be.
While he was only with the Cavs for five months before he was dealt back to the Miami Heat for a second-round draft choice Thursday, Wade supposedly did enough damage in the locker room that the front office was “ecstatic” to see him go, a source told AmicoHoops.
Also, according to NBA insider Peter Vecsey on his Patreon page, Wade behaved “unprofessionally and sapped the team’s energy and spirit.”
When the Cavs signed Wade back in September, coach Tyronn Lue talked about Wade being a future Hall-of-Famer, saying the veteran guard would be a strong and positive influence.
That turned out not to be the case.
A source tells AmicoHoops that Lue felt Wade was the biggest issue in the Cavs’ locker room. Wade himself even revealed to Miami reporters that pal LeBron James would catch him watching Heat games in the training room and checking scores at halftime.
This wasn’t the first time Wade reportedly had been at the center of some team discord. He was also accused of occasionally rubbing teammates the wrong way as a member of the Chicago Bulls last season.
Regardless, the Cavaliers have obviously moved on and will take a two-game winning streak into Boston on Sunday, while Wade is very clearly thrilled to be back home in Miami with the Heat.