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Dwyane Wade says he ‘went to sleep knowing’ LeBron would be leaving Heat before he got word the next day

Aug 2, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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In the days leading up to LeBron James officially declaring that he would be leaving the Miami Heat to return home to play for the Cavaliers, he and Dwyane Wade were together in Las Vegas on a pre-arranged trip.

The two were seen hanging out publicly, which may have fueled speculation that a deal to bring everyone back was in the works.

But as it turned out, it was their last outing together as teammates.

It’s not exactly a short flight home from Vegas to Miami, and Wade said he knew what LeBron had decided once they got off the plane — even though he wouldn’t get the final word until the following day.

From Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

When [Wade] and LeBron James shared a flight from Las Vegas last month, he could tell there was something different about his former teammate.

All it took was noticing James’ body language.

“Yeah, I went to sleep knowing,” Wade said Friday before his annual Fantasy Basketball Camp at the Westin Diplomat Hotel. “He called me the next day. But I knew then. Obviously he still had to say the final yay or nay, but I knew. I could tell.” …

“As his friend, I’m just supportive,” said Wade, who made no recruiting pitches to James. “As crazy as that might sound, I’m supportive of my friends doing what makes them happy. Obviously, same thing with him in this situation. You’ve gotta do what makes you happy — selfishly do what makes you happy. The decision to go back home was that.”

Wade has been declining from an effectiveness standpoint as he’s gotten older the past couple of seasons, and the reality James likely saw was one that featured an increasingly difficult road to championship contention, especially given the difficulty the team had in substantially upgrading the roster in the early days of free agency.

There are no hard feelings on Wade’s end, it appears, and he and James remain friends who speak regularly. Being that close to someone, however, it can be obvious what their feelings are even before they’re expressed.

  1. andreboy1 - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    If Wade’s knee wasn’t shot none of this would have happened. At least not at this moment.

    • shanelsweet - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Maybe, but Cleveland getting 3 number 1 picks in 4 years is what really made it possible. Without those, LeBron couldn’t have convinced himself he could win championships in Cleveland.

  2. rustyshackleford1 - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    who cares

  3. spyder9669 - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Wade should selfishly ask Lebron for that money he owes him. On a side note..Lebron and Irving will clash. Just watch..

    • whitey11177 - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      I agree. I noticed in an interview the other day that Irving was getting tired of all the LeBron questions. I don’t know how well Irving will like becoming #2 now.

      • scorp16 - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Irving might become the #3 option behind James and Love. I don’t think James is getting the ball taken out of his hands come crunch time. Irving playing off the ball is a great unknown. He’s got an inner circle too.

        Here’s the thing. Right now James can do no wrong in Cleveland. When they begin to struggle. And they will. Should get entertaining. Imagine Irving missing a couple of late game shots or Love when his 26/12 average comes down to about 17/10 (which it will) and he gets outplayed by a Pau Gasol. Nobody in Cleveland is siding against Lebron. Is a 23 years old unproven Kyrie Irving, or a Kevin Love who hasn’t been in a playoff series really just going to get along with the PaulMaverickJames program.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        He’ll like it just fine as the wins add up.

        Winning is what allowed Wade and Bosh to make peace with the #2 and #3 roles; Irving should be fine with doing the same.

      • ecnuob51 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Yea. This guy thinks an nba locker room is like a reality tv show.

  4. kingperk123 - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Pfff this report is not true Wade was up balling his eyes out saying I’m not going to win another championship ship with this team its over it’s over

    • program33 - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      @king perk…that’s funny man:) I don’t believe that he was actually balling his eyes out but I do believe that he wish that his knees where healthy once again. If so none of this conversation would probably be happening.

    • scorp16 - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Bro…He’s got three rings…how many you got?

    • 1historian - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      just curious – do you actually mean “balling his eyes out”? How does one do that?

      Perhaps you meant “Bawling his eyes out.”

  5. antistratfordian - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Bosh said the same thing about their lunch meeting in Miami – he said that while no one talked about contracts, the body language hinted that something mysterious was in the air.

  6. tombstone7 - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    LBJ and DW should stop it…..better yet, please ignore both of them……..let’s talk about something else!

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