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Wade knew on flight with LeBron he was headed back to Cleveland

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Dwyane Wade knew where LeBron James' heart lay.  (USATSI)
Dwyane Wade knew where LeBron James' heart lay (USATSI)

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Dwyane Wade said before his annual Fantasy camp Friday that he knew on the flight the day before the big decision that LeBron James was leaving the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"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.”

via Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade moves past LeBron decision; ready to move on - Sun Sentinel.

It's nice to hear Wade fill in this part of the story as it was pretty weird. Wade and James hung out all week in Vegas at James' basketball camp, then flew back to Miami together and then the next day, James bolted and left Wade with the shell of a contender before Miami scrambled and put together a sub-contender. It seemed really bizarre that the two friends would hang out for a week, fly back together, and then James would effectively end Wade's championship window barring an unforeseen development.

It is telling that Wade wasn't informed back when he, Chris Bosh, and James had lunch before their collective decision to opt out, and that the Heat weren't informed as they struggled to find a way to fit talent upgrades around a presumed max contract for James. They really were in it up until that last night. Whether that's the truth or just what James wants people to believe will never be known, but the evidence points that way.

He made his decision sometime before the flight Thursday night but not much before it, and then called Wade the next day. However, it would have been nice to give Chris Bosh a bit more heads up so he could have planned, even if he's happy to return to Miami on a max contract.

Wade also said he's losing weight for next season, which could be huge for his conditioning. More on that here.

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