Dwyane Wade to move to bench role for Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers

Dwyane Wade to move to bench role for Cleveland Cavaliers

He added that Wade has the ability to create for his teammates, but the team should work on getting him some easy buckets and help get him trips to the free throw line.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade approached coach Tyronn Lue over the weekend and requested to come off the bench for the defending Eastern Conference champions, returning JR Smith to the starting shooting guard role he occupied for most of the past three seasons. "I know he'd been a starter his whole career, so we wanted to try to start him and give him that nod".

"Honestly, I was hurt, man", Smith said (h/t Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com).

Wade has struggled in his starting role with the Cavs thus far, shooting 28% from the field (7-for-25) while averaging just 5.7 points, two rebounds and 3.3. assists per game in 23.7 minutes of action. What you said was right.

Wade was announced the starter in early October about a week before the regular season started. Although he's started in 907 of his 918 career games, Wade decided that if a change was going to be inevitable, it would be better to make one sooner rather than later. "And I want to do that", Wade told reporters on Monday.

The Cavs, 2-1, coming off a 114-93 loss to the Orlando Magic, will be back in action tomorrow night as they host the Chicago Bulls.

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