Cavs Notes: LeBron/Wade, Hood, Calderon, Hill

The Cavaliers have a date with the Heat on tap for Tuesday night in Miami, giving LeBron James a chance to see old friend Dwyane Wade on the court for the first time since a February trade sent Wade back to South Beach. As Dave McMenamin of ESPN details, Wade’s time in Cleveland was short-lived for a handful of reasons, but the failed union didn’t have a negative impact on his friendship with James.

“I mean, I hated to see him go,” James told McMenamin. “I still do. I still do. So, my emotions were mixed because that’s my guy and I didn’t want him to go but, I mean, listen, I felt like that’s where he belongs. I felt like that’s where his heart has always been, even in the one year in Chicago. … I just felt like that’s where he belonged. I mean, you want to be as happy as you can when you’re in this profession, and I felt like Miami is the best place that creates happiness for him. So, I hated to see him go, I wish he was still here, but I understand. That’s why there’s no hard feelings.”

Here’s more on the Cavs:

  • Injuries have prevented Rodney Hood from meeting the starter criteria for restricted free agents over the last two seasons, as ESPN’s Bobby Marks observes. That means Hood is only on track to receive a qualifying offer worth about $3.4MM, rather than one worth $4.7MM. For more details on how the starter criteria impacts RFAs, check out our piece from last spring — we’ll soon be publishing an updated version for 2018 RFAs.
  • Bill Livingston of The Plain Dealer makes a case for why Jose Calderon should remain a part of the Cavs’ starting lineup heading into the postseason. The team has a 21-8 record this season in Calderon’s starts.
  • With Tyronn Lue away from the Cavs for health reasons, the club has responded to adversity and rallied around its head coach’s absence, writes Chris Fedor of Cleveland is 4-0 so far under interim head coach Larry Drew.
  • George Hill, acquired in one of Cleveland’s deadline trades last month, is becoming more comfortable in his role with the Cavs, says Colton Jones of
  • While the players acquired in those trade-deadline deals have been solid contributors for the Cavs, those trades were important for another reason — they’ve allowed Kevin Love to re-emerge as a primary scoring option, according to Terry Pluto of
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