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Former NBA player thinks Dwyane Wade could be a 'major distraction' for the Cavaliers

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After a four-year run that saw the Miami Heat reach the NBA Finals all four years and win two titles, former teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have reunited in Cleveland.

Now members of the Cavaliers, the dynamic duo will make what could be one last run toward a championship this season.

However, one former NBA player thinks things could go very wrong in Cleveland if Wade isn't willing to accept a lesser role when the 2017-18 season tips off.

On the most recent episode of the CBS Sports "Flagrant Two" podcast, former NBA player Raja Bell said Wade should only be playing 15-17 minutes a night, and if he wants a bigger role, he could become a major distraction for the team (via CBS Sports): 

"In 2017, in my estimation, [Wade] is a 15-17 minute a night guy who can come in and get you some buckets when you need them. That's the way I view him. They do great things with the medical staff there in Cleveland. I know LeBron takes care of his body as good as anyone in the league, so if there's any place that kind of could rejuvenate him, maybe it is Cleveland.

"But I just can't see him filling a role like that, and if he is hell bent on reviving a career in the twilight -- very few people are able to do that -- if he's hell bent on doing that, it could be a major distraction to what they're trying to do."

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Fortunately for the Cavaliers, Wade is on the record as saying he'd accept a backup role with the Cavs if that gives the team the best chance to win:

“You always want to be able to be on the basketball floor, so you want to be able to do whatever your team needs you to do," he said. "No matter if you’re playing the NBA, on the Olympic team, no matter what. Everyone on the team has a role, whether you’re a star player at the time or whether you’re the 15th guy off the bench. You have a role, so you want to be the best in your role.

"Whatever role coach and the team needs for me to play here, my ego is not that big where I will not be okay with playing whatever role they ask me to play.”

Derrick Rose will likely earn the starting point guard role with the team (at least until Isaiah Thomas is healthy) but the shooting guard position is still open. Whether Wade or J.R. Smith earns the starting job remains to be seen, but either way, the Cavs' second unit will have plenty of firepower.

Topics:
Eastern Conference
NBA
NBA Playoffs
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
LeBron James

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