LeBron James of now the Cleveland Cavaliers left South Beach for his hometown, sent his farewell to Chris Bosh via text message, and essentially caused Dwyane Wade to lose out on $10,694,000 in guaranteed salary without gaining any future flexibility.
So it’s only natural to wonder if Dwyane Wade and LeBron are still as close as they were when LeBron was on the Miami Heat.
Well recently, on ESPN’s Real Talk with Jason Whitlock, LeBron’s adviser Maverick Carter was interviewed and he subsequently addressed the matter,
“LeBron and D-Wade are totally fine, speak almost daily or every other day.
“They’re totally fine. They’ll be friends for life. Their friendship goes beyond basketball and is bigger than basketball, so they’ll be friends for life.”
Carter also mentioned that LeBron was never pushed by his inner circle nor his agent to sign with the Cavs, it was all to his own doing,
“This was a decision that LeBron made in his heart, and we didn’t push him to do it. We don’t push him to do anything.
“If he asks our opinion or what do we think about the pros and the cons and think through it, we help him think through it. We don’t push him.
“Listen, LeBron is a 29-year-old man with lots of money, got a wife, two kids, one on the way. He makes his own decisions. He doesn’t need anyone pushing him any way, and a guy like that, you’re not going to be able push him either way.
“We’ll help him think through things and then kind of help him see through things. Then, he makes his own decision in his heart. Because, ultimately, he has to live with it. I’m not the one who has to show up and play games for any team.”
So although Carter and others in James’ circle may have had some influence on James’ decision, by no means was LeBron forced into any type of decision. Sorry to burst your bubble TMZ.