Dwyane Wade: It’s time I come off bench, run Cavs’ second unit

  • Gabriel Burns
3:26 p.m Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 Sports
AP Photo/Tony Dejak
Cleveland Cavaliers' Dwyane Wade, center, drives to the basket between Orlando Magic's Terrence Ross, left, and Evan Fournier, from France, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Cleveland.

Dwyane Wade has long been praised for his selflessness, including when he and LeBron James teamed up in Miami.

Less than a week into his Cavs career, Wade volunteered to come off the bench. And he will.

Cavs coach Ty Lue confirmed Wade approached him with the idea. J.R. Smith will be reinserted into the starting five.

In Wade’s 14-year career, he’s come off the bench 11 times. It’s fair to expect an adjustment period.

Regardless, the Cavs have backcourt issues defensively. Derrick Rose, Kyle Korver, Smith and Wade is troubling on that end. Isaiah Thomas, whenever he returns (likely January), is one of the worst defensive guards in the league and won’t be much help.

But for now, perhaps Wade can give the Cavs a boost running the second unit. Good news for Cleveland is it has plenty of time to tinker with lineups throughout the regular season.

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