Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Dwyane Wade Wins Cavs' Starting Shooting Guard Job

Dwyane Wade Wins Cavs' Starting Shooting Guard Job

"I'm not going to win that", Smith said late last month, via ESPN.

LeBron has been to eight consecutive finals in Miami and Cleveland, and with his contract expiring next season, rumours are already circulating that this could be his last run with the team. The season is slated to be one of conflict and drama with injury to Thomas, a new GM, new players, and LeBron's future hanging over the team's head.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - With just about a week until the Cleveland Cavaliers begin the regular season against the Boston Celtics, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue named Dwyane Wade his fifth and final starter for opening night. To me having him as a backup center you are not getting your money's worth.

It led to Lue's second touchy conversation in as many weeks with a player that was part of the Cavs' three straight Eastern Conference crowns to tell him he is being moved to the bench - first it was Tristan Thompson, then it was Smith. Alas, the team had major holes at the defensive end all season, and won "only" 51 games for second-place in the East. Love is a great scorer and good rebounder but he isn't as great of a rebounder as Thompson. If he can get close to that number, or even surpass it this season, it will be a huge boost to the Cavs' chances of contending for a title, and will give them a new strength in their game as well.

Veteran Jeff Green will likely take a bulk of Frye's minutes, as he signed a one-year deal with the Cavs earlier this offseason.

Wade will join the Cavaliers' starting lineup of Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love.

Moreover, if Cleveland is going to play big on D, they need James to be fresher down the stretch of games. No matter the sport an athlete happens to be in, there's only so many miles in the odometer. All in all, the King's defense must be at its best if the Cavs can get back to being champions once again.

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