Cleveland Cavaliers veteran guard Dwyane Wade has brought additional leadership and a winning pedigree to a team that is looking to bring another championship to the Land. His offseason arrival in Cleveland, however, was not as celebrated as some might’ve thought.
On Friday, Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon answered questions about the current state of the Cavaliers, and also gave an inside look at the early days of Wade’s arrival in Cleveland.
“J.R. Smith had a big problem with Wade coming here initially, as Wade knocked him from the starting lineup,” Vardon wrote. “Channing Frye lost his best friend on the team, Richard Jefferson, because Wade took his spot on the roster. Iman Shumpert was not exactly doing back flips, as Wade (historically) plays off the ball, like Shumpert.”
“Tyronn Lue didn’t want Wade to start, but it took three games before Wade agreed,” he wrote. “And now that Wade is playing so well in his current role, there is seemingly no room for Derrick Rose, whom Lue brought to Cleveland. Many of these issues had previously been spelled out in reports and analyses on what was wrong with the Cavs early this season. No one can argue Wade’s fit now, though.”
Despite struggling early in the season, Wade has averaged 11.1 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. He has also posted double-digit point totals in the Cavs’ last five contests.
It is becoming clear that the decision to add the three-time NBA champion to the Cavs’ roster was the right choice. While there may have been pushback early on, Wade and the rest of his teammates are proving that all they needed was some time to gel and become one of the top teams in the NBA.