WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017

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The Band is Back Together – Dwayne Wade signs with the CAVS

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — When LeBron James left the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwyane Wade thought his days playing alongside the four-time MVP were over for good. Now that the championship teammates are reunited in Cleveland, Wade can’t help but relish the turn of events.

“We’re just … it’s like peanut butter and jelly, man,” Wade said of James on Friday at his introductory news conference. “We just go together.”

Wade and James were both drafted into the NBA in 2003, won an Olympic gold medal together in 2008 and went to four straight NBA Finals together from 2011 to 2014, earning two rings. In the three years since, James has added three Finals runs and a championship to his résumé while all Wade can claim is missing the playoffs in 2015, a second-round exit in 2016 with Miami and a first-round exit in 2017 with the Chicago Bulls.

After accepting a buyout from the Bulls — leaving $8 million on the table to do so — Wade was courted by both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George to join the Oklahoma City Thunder and had opportunities to go to Miami or the San Antonio Spurs. Ultimately, he chose James and the Cavs.

“Once I got the opportunity to get the buyout, I looked around and I was flattered by the teams that reached out, but at the end of the day, this is where I wanted to be, this is where I felt I should be from a basketball perspective to come in and be a part of this,” Wade said. “This team right here from top to bottom is one of the most talented teams I’ve been on. Just happy to come and to be able to add whatever I can to this group.”

While George “really came with it” and was so flattering in his pursuit that Wade said it made “an old guy feel good,” James was subtle, yet vigilant, in expressing interest in his friend.

“It was slight. It wasn’t heavy recruiting,” Wade said. “I think the first time he reached out to me was a couple days after Jimmy [Butler] got traded, and he just texted me and just said, ‘Hey man, just checking on you,’ so I knew what that meant.

“We obviously talk very often. Then the next time he reached out to me again a little bit later, just to let me know, ‘Hey man, if something happens in Chicago where you’re not a part of the organization no more, I would love for you to be here.”