This Is Reportedly Why The Cavs Traded Dwyane Wade

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2018

Utah also sent Joe Johnson to Sacramento, Cleveland sent Jae Crowder and Derek Rose to Utah, and Iman Shumpert and a 2020 second-round pick via Miami to the Kings.

Wade has been traded from the Cavaliers to the Heat in exchange for a protected second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

For what it's worth, Windhorst's colleague Dave McMenamin reports that James was, in fact, consulted before the Cavs made a decision to trade his close friend Wade back home to the Miami Heat. The trades included shipping out disappointing newcomers like Derrick Rose and Isaiah Thomas and bringing in some talented young names like Jordan Clarkson [VIDEO] and George Hill [VIDEO]. If Wade thought the Cavs had a chance, he might've wanted to stay in Cleveland.

Wade and James spent four seasons together with the Miami Heat, winning two championships and making the Finals four times as a duo as devastating as any in league history.

"I'm exhausted of being traded", he said. But I just want to be where I'm wanted.

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The Cavaliers, though, had other plans.

Cleveland is just 7-13 since Christmas Day, and the club's slide has coincided with Thomas' comeback.

Wade is Miami's franchise leader in points (20,221), assists (4,944), steals (1,414), and games played (855). But he's a defensive liability on a defensively challenged team and the Cavs felt it was best to move him.

Moments later, James dropped his game-winner over Jimmy Butler to edge the Timberwolves and was mobbed teammates.

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