Dwyane Wade to Come Off Bench For First Time in His Career

Cleveland Cavaliers' Dwyane Wade center drives to the basket between Orlando Magic's Terrence Ross left and Evan Fournier from France in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday Oct. 21 2017 in Cleveland

However, it seems as though Dwyane Wade, the King's long-time friend, is still working on his high-five game with some members of the team. Now, after their awkward moment and a good breakfast, it's probably safe to say that Love and Wade will be throwing up dap before and after games, just like the rest of the team. "I wanted to get in with those guys". That's not Wade, and he quickly realized that he would better serve the Cavs as a reserve. But this wasn't exactly Wade's idea, either.

Lue and Wade talked about the shooting guard's best role with the Cavs before the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder signed with the team for $2.3 million after being bought out of his contract by the Bulls.

Said Wade: "When me and coach talked before I chose to come here. we both talked about the opportunity for me to kind of lead the second group, but we also both talked about what I've always done my whole career is I've always started and that's what I know so our goal was to see how it was". I might be able to be featured more and handle the ball more in the second-unit.

"That's what professionals do".

No longer needed to score 20 points a game, Wade's contribution will come in clutch spurts that stop or turn around momentum in games. "It was his call and here we are".

When Wade and Lue told the media about the move Monday, one thing became abundantly clear: Lue always felt like this was the right move; he just didn't want to force his viewpoint on Wade. "Why wait? Three games in, why wait?" "We're all figuring it out together".

The Cavs' hope is that coming off the bench will allow the 35-year-old to get into a more comfortable flow, as Lue doesn't plan any changes regarding the way his team runs its offensive sets. Wade and James went through their handshake routine just fine.

"This is a marathon", James said. He came to me and said, 'You know what, coach?

"I just wanted to do it", Lue offered as a vague explanation, while still owning it. He's been a part of it and it's not a sprint. "He thought it was best for the team for him to come off the bench, so we fist-bumped and here we are".

The Cavs will be without starting point Derrick Rose, who is still recovering from a sprained ankle. This will put the Cleveland Cavaliers short-handed for the game with Jose Calderon backing up #LeBron James at the point while Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver will back up JR Smith at the shooting guard spot.

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