LEBRON James admitted that he had hoped Dwyane Wade would have joined him in the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The reason that prevented a reunion? Money.
"We couldn't afford him," James said to ESPN.com. "It's that simple."
After winning two NBA titles in four championship appearances with the Miami Heat, James and Wade both returned to their hometowns’ respective teams when they became free agents.
When contract negotiations with the Heat fell apart in the offseason, the 34-year old Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls worth about $47 million. The best the Cavs could do was the taxpayer midlevel exception of around $3.5 million after the team handed out huge, long-term salaries of James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue confirmed James’s sentiments, "Who wouldn't be interested in a Hall of Famer? That don't even make sense. Yeah, we wanted him."
Regardless of Wade’s choice, LeBron expressed his support to the man who was the face of the Heat franchise the past 13 seasons.
"I support my guys -- you guys know that," James said. "That was a decision that he wanted to make and I support him."
Last month, Wade said he had more reasons to return to his native city other than sports. "My purpose for being back in the city is bigger than basketball. Basketball is a big part of it, of course. It's what I do for a living. But I think my purpose at the end of the day is hopefully to come to Chicago and be a part and be the voice that can help bring people together.”