LeBron James not a factor in D-Wade’s decision to head to the Cavaliers

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They were on opposite ends at this time in 2014. But now close friends and Cleveland Cavalier team-mates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will play together this year. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

It’s no secret that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are close friends, but the latter’s decision to join the Cleveland Cavaliers was not down to The King himself.

Wade actually came to his final decision when he learned that Jae Crowder became part of the team.

“For me, one of the most important parts of the trade was getting Jae Crowder as a defender,” Wade said, according to cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon.

“I think it definitely came together at the right time. I think if I would have gotten bought out (in June), I don’t know. Things could’ve been different for me.

“That was huge … Because if you look at it, when Kyrie was here … I was like if you go there who’s gonna guard? You don’t want to be a 35-year-old having to guard everybody every night.”