Wade makes it of­fi­cial, signs with Cleve­land

Ripon Bulletin - - Sports/dollars & Sense -

The wake-up calls for Dwyane Wade were com­ing at 5:45 a.m. for much of the sum­mer. An hour or so later, he and LeBron James would be in the gym to­gether work­ing on their games.

And the chem­istry was as good as ever. “He drives me to want to be bet­ter,” Wade said.

They’ll be grind­ing to­gether on a daily ba­sis now.

Wade signed a one-year, $2.3 mil­lion deal with the Cleve­land Cava­liers on Wed­nes­day to re­unite with James, with whom he went to four NBA Fi­nals and won two cham­pi­onships in Mi­ami. Wade’s deal was fi­nal­ized quickly after he cleared waivers, which he had to do after get­ting a buy­out from the Chicago Bulls over the week­end.

“I’m all about the chal­lenge,” Wade told The As­so­ci­ated Press. “If I didn’t want the chal­lenge, I would have stayed in Chicago. But I wanted the chal­lenge of be­ing back on that big stage and play­ing in those mo­ments and see­ing what I’ve got. So I’m not go­ing to talk about what I’ve got. I want to go out there and show, when the lights are the bright­est and the games are the big­gest, that’s when I’m alive. And I need that.”

He took a hard look at go­ing back to Mi­ami, lis­tened to sales pitches from Paul Ge­orge and Carmelo An­thony in Ok­la­homa City, even con­sid­ered San An­to­nio and got a call from Golden State.

But in the end, he wanted to play again with James — some­one Wade calls his brother.

“I def­i­nitely think I can help him in dif­fer­ent ways,” Wade told the AP via phone as he sat in his new locker room. “He is, in today’s game, the great­est bas­ket­ball player that we have. So he doesn’t need me to help him be great. But there’s other ar­eas that I’ve been able to be there, to help him think about things a cer­tain way. He knows I’m go­ing to put the work in with him.”

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