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Maverick Carter: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade still speak nearly daily

Jul 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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When LeBron James left the Heat for the Cavaliers, Dwyane Wade said all the right things.

But Wade – by opting out of a contract that had two years remaining and signing a new two-year deal for less money – gave up $10,694,000 in guaranteed salary without gaining any future flexibility.

Is Wade, who dined in Las Vegas and then flew back to Miami with LeBron just before the second decision, really still cool with LeBron?

LeBron adviser Maverick Carter, via Real Talk with Jason Whitlock:

LeBron and D-Wade are totally fine, speak almost daily or every other day.

They’re totally fine. They’ll be friends for life. Their friendship goes beyond basketball and is bigger than basketball, so they’ll be friends for life.

Carter also addressed reports LeBron’s agent and other members of his inner circle were pushing the superstar back to Cleveland.


This was a decision that LeBron made in his heart, and we didn’t push him to do it. We don’t push him to do anything.

If he asks our opinion or what do we think about the pros and the cons and think through it, we help him think through it. We don’t push him.

Listen, LeBron is a 29-year-old man with lots of money, got a wife, two kids, one on the way. He makes his own decisions. He doesn’t need anyone pushing him any way, and a guy like that, you’re not going to be able push him either way.

We’ll help him think through things and then kind of help him see through things. Then, he makes his own decision in his heart. Because, ultimately, he has to live with it. I’m not the one who has to show up and play games for any team.

LeBron clearly made his own decision, but I’m also sure he listened to those he trusted. Including them in the process was also his decision.

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If they were steering him in a different direction, maybe this process would have played out differently.

But, as Carter tells it, LeBron went to Cleveland on his own and remains close with Wade. Carter’s job is to paint LeBron in the best light, but best I can tell, that probably just meant telling the truth in this case.

  1. hwatt - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    The decision was probably made when he saw the other members of the ‘Big 3’ doing nothing in the Finals

    • sprest83 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      I figured it was when the Miami fans started booing their home team…in the finals. Worst “fans” in all of sports.

      • dls612 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        In other words you never heard of a home team getting booed before! It’s amazing how some people can be so oblivious to what they know to be true! Maybe it’s just four years of frustration! Go ahead with your insults.

      • sprest83 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        What are you talking about? I have never seen a home team get booed in the finals, ever…except for the Heat. Fair weather fans

      • miamatt - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Did you see what was going on? If being absolutely non-competitive from the opening tip of two straight finals games at home doesn’t warrant getting booed, I don’t know what does.

        But if it makes you feel like a big man to take low-brow pot shots, have at it.

      • dls612 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        @sprest83 here’s the point of my comment! You and others have become so green with envy over the years that even after LeBron departure some of you still come up with the dumbest comments! It’s a way of life for you now! Ten years from now you’ll say the same thing about the heatfans! U can’t be this stupid to believe that the are no other bandwagon fans that jump from team to team for what ever the reason in any sport. Not just miami! There are a lot of true heatfans. The east is balanced out now you can stop your crying.

      • sprest83 - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        LOL, Green and envy? Not a chance. Just know that LBJ went there to win a championship with his friends not the city and certainly not the fans. As soon as he saw Wade was washed up and realized the owner is a penny pincher, he bolted back to Cleveland where he is supported and loved.

        Yes, you are correct. There are bandwagon fans on every team and certainly any team that LBJ joins, but the Heats fan base is filled full of delusional fair-weather.

        Welcome to the 7th seed Miami, where you belong.

      • dls612 - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        @sprest83 ( being stupid they say you can help it but being dumb you can’t help it ) so my friend there’s no help or hope for your! Your family must be proud!

      • bobbybouche305 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        Ive never seen Fans burn jerseys either, or an owner call a player A QUITTER,A COWARD….EVER…Its o.k. these ‘worst will keep our 5 Ncaa Titles
        a few from the Fins including ONLY PERFECT SEASON, A couple from the cheap Marlins including a state of the art stadium, and lastly 3 from the Heat….i guess us worst fans dont deserve it…..Maybe Cleveland can enjoy their reruns of the Drew Carey show another decade….Cleveland and Yoko Ono (broke up the Heatles) really do deserve each oit…her

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:32 AM

        well now the Heat fans didn’t boo them at home in the quarter…

        because they weren’t even there to boo or cheer

      • sprest83 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Thats true. Alot of fans just bolted in the 3rd quarter. Quality fans.

    • 1friendofthepeople - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      I think his decision had more to do with the fact that he will be the most beloved sports hero any city has ever had in the history of professional sports, and because he will impact the lives of the people of North-eastern Ohio by single handedly giving an enormous boost to their economy, and finally because arguably no city has had such poor luck in professional sports.

      LBJ leading Cleveland to its first championship in 50 years would make him a legendary sports hero unlike it would any where else.

      • bobbybouche305 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        If u truly believe that, i have some beach side,oceanfront and in Cleveland if interested

        It was about Lebron and his clique getting the power they had in Cleveland, and would never see in Miami….umm J.Jones, M.Miller already on ur roster.and trading there last 2 #1 picks for Love too…..

  2. realfootballfan - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    This didn’t have anything to do with Wade but rather it was Riley and Arison who weren’t about to give him and his team the same access he had and will have again in Cleveland.

  3. deeballer - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Good luck being the player, president, GM, and coach of the Cavaliers.

    • profantasyplyr - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Jackie Moon!

    • antistratfordian - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      He was pretty much all of those things in Miami anyway.

  4. campcouch - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Truth or rumor, how many people sit at work thinking how different things would be if they were running things or at a minimum, had the boss take their opinion into consideration. Maybe Gilbert thinks LeBron has legit credibility when choosing personnel to play with or it’s just a coincidence that the free agents being signed and the talks with Love are occurring because of availability. I would not be surprised if James holds aspirations to own or be part owner of the Cavs one day, maybe his “influence” is part of the plan. As for Wade, that move was all on him, if Riley gave Bosh a max and worked a deal with Wade, I’m pretty sure he would’ve let Bosh walk and gave James that max instead.

  5. sire2334 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    I like this site so believe me when I say this isn’t with any malice but….Who cares? The headline reads like something from rumor mag. Let’s just play ball man.

    • xLith - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      The season’s over. All the big free agents are signed. Summer league just ended. This is all that’s left man!

      • sire2334 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Haha..I guess.

  6. titansbro - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Not sure why LeBron would ever listen to Carter again anyway after the decision. Anyone could’ve told ya that wasn’t gonna go over well.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Anyone huh?

      NOT Carter


      NOT Lebron (then anyway)

      Even D Wade and Bosh had to sign off to go through with that “party” on stage and D Wade had already won a title and was a bit older.

      MANY folks missed the boat on that…

      And something tells me that many of those folks are still living in and off of Lebron’s wake…

    • antistratfordian - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      I doubt LeBron would’ve ever ended up the most popular athlete in America, even above MJ, if he didn’t go through with The Decision.

      No one is perfect. But you have to admit that LeBron and his team has done a stellar job recovering from that.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        uh, i think his new essay was from a new member of his team, not one of the folks from the decision time.

        yes, the new essay was a thing of beauty, but “his” team didn’t come up with it and by that I mean his group from back in the day in Cleveland.

        new blood had a say in that even if it was just a hired PR firm.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        Speculation. But at the time of “The Decision” LeBron was represented by CAA and Leon Rose. James dropped them in 2012 and is now represented by his friend Rich Paul. So his “team” consists of more friends now than it did then.

        In any case, you wouldn’t need to hire a PR firm to write that letter. LeBron and his inner circle are perfectly capable of conceiving it. But I’m sure Lee Jenkins and SI helped edit.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      There was nothing wrong with The Decision.

      • agent7x6 - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        I don’t understand why so many people criticize The Decision. The show raised $6 million for children’s charities. And, incidentally, was widely viewed.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Exactly. People are shortsighted.

      • andreboy1 - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        It was disrepectful to not inform Cleveland beforehand that he was leaving. That city WORSHIPPED him and he ripped their hearts out and stepped on them on national T.V. If he had informed the team a day before that he was leaving and then picked Miami on The Decision it would have been totally fine and the charity money would have still been earned.

        It’s not WHAT was done but HOW it was done.

        That’s the only complaint I had with that process and I think it’s a valid one.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        If he woulda told CLE in advance then it most likely would have leaked. Who wants to watch a new movie that you already know the ending to?? He had a valid reason to not tell ANYBODY in advance. Had he told Gilbert he would have still lashed out and ruined the surprise.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:16 PM


        At that time, a lot of people were already hating James and needed a tangible reason to crystalize that hatred. I understood why Cleveland fans got bent out of shape, but the rest of the country being upset by it was silly. If you read that ESPN book that goes over its history from 2011, it pretty much says that whole thing was their idea to begin with anyway, while I’ve seen it attributed too many times as the James team brain child. ESPn basically came to him with the idea and tied it into charity for the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, which is one of the most admirable and genuine things I think about James is how he cares about little underprivileged kids, in order to sell it to him.

        There really wasn’t any malicious intent on his part when making the original decision in any form or fashion, and that came straight from the horse’s mouth with the sources in that ESPN book speaking on and off the record on how that came together.

        Funny how they never volunteer that information when they were overly criticizing him afterward though.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        there are MORE ways to tally up whether a show, a decision etc… was good or bad.

        one may not say that since many people watched it, it was good.

        that is being shortsighted as you are conveniently disregarding many other factors that were involved

  7. jasper36 - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    I don’t get the whole best fan worse fan thing. They bought tickets to the game, so they don’t owe anything to anybody. And if fans had anything to do with it. I don’t think he would have returned to Cleveland. After the way he was treated when he left. But again those fans also owed LeBron nothing. The same way he doesn’t owe them anything. It’s a two way street.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      Heat fans as a collective are as good as any when they fan up.

      It’s just unfortunate that some bad fans in Miami give the good ones a bad name.

  8. jzone954 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    1- Lebron came to play with Wade and CB as he said in his letter, not Riley ,Arison. And 2, I for one will be at the triple A when we play the cavs and will be giving the man a standing ovation when they announce his name . I wish Lebron the best and if he makes the finals I will root for him. Lebron James is the best on the verge of being both the best player of our generation and climbing the charts of the greatest ever. I’m pretty glad he chose my team as the other team he wanted to play for, and let’s not get it twisted, those titles STAY in Miami they don’t go with Lebron Cleveland. Good luck Cleveland. You’ll need it.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:38 PM


  9. junkmtb - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    And this is news, that they still speak? Really????

  10. csbanter - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Why shouldn’t they speak ? Some sports sites have become too aligned with TMZ, People,etc. These are two grown men that respect one another.

    • junkmtb - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      lol exactly

    • antistratfordian - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      I don’t know… why doesn’t KG speak to Ray Allen?

      • jzone954 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Because KG is being a bit rediculous.

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