Wade joins James as starter


October 10, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers' Dwyane Wade, right, watches his shot as LeBron James takes a shot during warm-ups before an NBA pre-season basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday.


Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are starting together again.

Cavaliers coach Tryonn Lue announced yesterday that Wade will start at shooting guard alongside Derrick Rose in Cleveland's remodelled backcourt. Wade recently signed as a free agent with the Cavs, reuniting with James in Cleveland after the two stars spent four seasons together in Miami. He replaces J.R. Smith, who will come off the bench after starting 112 games over the past two seasons.

Lue said Smith "is fine" with the decision.

Wade and Rose will be joined in Cleveland's starting line-up by James, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love, who has moved from power forward to centre.

Lue opened training camp with Wade as the point guard for Cleveland's second unit. But the coach said he decided in the past few days to have the 35-year-old in the starting line-up along with James.

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