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Dwyane Wade on LeBron James' future in Cleveland: "He loves it here"

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Heading into the new season, the Cleveland Cavaliers know they will have a huge cloud hanging over their heads with LeBron James set to become a free agent in 2018.

The team's success on the court will have a huge bearing on his future and they have done everything in their power to build a roster capable of winning a championship.

Following Kyrie Irving's trade request, the Cavs offloaded him to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and multiple draft picks.

On top of that trio, they acquired three-time champion Dwyane Wade, former league MVP Derrick Rose and Jeff Green.

This is arguably the deepest and most talented squad LeBron has ever been a part of and has a great opportunity to reach his eighth straight finals and Cleveland's fourth in succession.

If he delivers the franchise its second title, King James is unlikely to seek pastures new and depart his hometown again.

The Los Angeles Lakers are rumoured to be the favourites to land him should he decide to make a move.

Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The four-time MVP's intentions will not become clear until next summer but any indication that he may stay with the Cavaliers will be music to the ears of fans and the front office.

D.Wade is a longtime friend of the King and knows him better than most players on the roster and recently delivered a hint that his future may lie in Ohio.

"I think he loves it here," said Wade to Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon.

"I could see his mood and being around these guys and everyone that's here. Obviously we've gotta win ball games, everything's gotta go right and we gotta stay together to continue to have that mood, but right now he's in a great place."

Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards

James spent much of the offseason working out and playing pickup games as he appeared more determined than ever to get back on the court and compete.

There were reports that he was frustrated with the organisation and its dealings in the summer and that he was seeking to leave after this season because of a strained relationship with owner Dan Gilbert.

LBJ and his representatives shut this story down immediately and he has claimed that stories about his unhappiness in the summer were false.

"I was never frustrated throughout the summer," James said. "I don't know where those reports came from. I was enjoying my summer with my family. So, I felt the organisation was going to do what's best for the organisation. That's their job, so, I wasn't bothered at all."

Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The 13-time All-Star is currently nursing an ankle injury and is a doubt for the Cavs' hugely anticipated opening night encounter against Irving and the Celtics.

Going up against his former teammate will give James added motivation to recover in time and you can be sure he'll do everything to be out on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena.

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

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