The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade holds the the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy and LeBron James holds his most valuable player trophy after Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Friday, June 22, 2012, in Miami. The Heat won 121-106 to become the 2012 NBA Champions. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Dwyane Wade released a statement Saturday to address LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James announced his decision in a Sports Illustrated essay on Friday.
Wade has not yet announced where he will be playing next season, although he is expected to sign an extension with the Heat.
“As a friend and a teammate, I am sad to see my brother LeBron leave to begin a new journey," Wade said in his statement. "In 2010, we decided to come together all for one goal – to win championships and we succeeded. We were friends when we first joined the league and created an unbreakable bond the past four years. Our collaboration will always be very special to me both personally and professionally. We shared something unique and he will always be part of my family. LeBron made the right decision for himself and his family because home is where your heart is. I know this was not an easy decision to make and I support him in returning to his roots. As an organization, a community, and as individuals, we achieved the goals we set when we first signed on together. We are champions.”