Does LeBron James wish the Cavaliers still had Dwyane Wade? ‘Oh, absolutely’

Dwyane Wade #9 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walk backcourt during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on October 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Dwyane Wade is in the middle of his offseason. He’s already traveled to France and attended the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, Monaco since the Heat’s season ended in the first round of the playoffs on April 24.

But LeBron James would prefer if Wade was still in Cleveland preparing for Friday’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

“Oh, absolutely,” James said to reporters Thursday when asked if he wishes the Cavaliers still had Wade, with Golden State leading the championship series 3-0. “I mean, listen, not only from a brotherhood aspect and what we know about one another, and also from an experience factor.

“I believe that he would have been very, very good for us in the postseason. He’s a guy that’s kind of built for the postseason at this point in his career, who lives for the moment. So definitely, definitely think about that. It seems so long ago that he was even a part of this ball club, but definitely think about it from time to time.”

Instead, James is depending on a supporting cast that features very little star power. Aside from Kevin Love and James, the rest of Cleveland’s players have combined to make one All-Star game appearance — Kyle Korver in 2014-15.

Wade was part of the Cavaliers’ roster at the start of the season. He averaged 11.2 points and 3.5 assists in 46 games with Cleveland before he was traded to the Heat on Feb. 8 as part of the Cavaliers’ flurry of deadline deals to reshape James’ supporting cast.

The massive team makeover saw the Cavaliers trade away Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder, Iman Shumpert and Wade to acquire Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., George Hill and Rodney Hood.

Hill is averaging 9.0 points on 37.5 percent shooting in the Finals, Hood’s playing time has been sporadic in the playoffs, and Nance and Clarkson are each playing limited roles against the Warriors.

Wade averaged 16.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in five playoff games with the Heat, which included a 28-point performance to lead Miami to its only win of the postseason. Based on those numbers and Wade’s playoff reputation, he probably could have helped James and the Cavaliers.

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