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Dwyane Wade explains mid-week workout session with LeBron James

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LeBron James, along with the rest of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates, was given Tuesday and Wednesday off this week by head coach Tyronn Lue.

The fact the four-time NBA MVP opted to spend those days in Miami, and specifically working out with his former Heat teammate and good friend Dwyane Wade, led to some slight concern from a section of the Cavs fan base.

According to Wade himself, however, the mid-season meet up was "not odd," and was nothing more than James taking the opportunity to enjoy the Miami sun during his time off.

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"It’s one of my best friends, so it’s not odd, to work out with one of my best friends," Wade told the Miami Herald when asked about his Wednesday morning gym session with LeBron.

"If it was somebody I didn’t know, it would be a little different."

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According to the publication, James had been back in Miami - where he spent four years playing before joining Cleveland in 2014 - since Tuesday.

"Obviously, when LeBron takes his time away, the sun is a nice place to come to get away for a couple of days when your organisation and your coach allows you to get away and clear your mind,” Wade continued. “Miami is a great place to do that."

James did a similar thing back in January of last season, spending two weeks back in South Florida. That hadn't stopped some conspiracy theorists suggesting his rendezvous with Wade had more worrying connotations for Cleveland.

Wade's comments have, though, stopped such speculation in their tracks.

After four successful seasons in Miami where he won two titles with the Heat, it is no surprise that James retains a connection to the city. He and Wade, meanwhile, have been very close friends for even longer.

Challenge ahead

While they might remain pals off the hardwood, there is an increasing likelihood that the All-Star duo could come head-to-head in this year's playoffs.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Miami Heat

Despite losing three of their last five games, the Cavaliers remain favourites to win the Eastern Conference and currently occupy top spot with a 42-17 record.

The Heat, meanwhile, are in the midst of an impressive run of form and have moved into the fourth playoff berth in recent days.

In the more immediate future, Cavaliers fans will be hoping that James can return from his trip to the Sunshine State reinvigorated and ready to help his current franchise as the business end of the campaign fast approaches.

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