Well, this can’t be good news for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After everything the defending Eastern Conference champs have been through over the past couple of weeks — embarrassing losing streaks, as well as locker room drama that made its way into the public eye — Cleveland has another issue to deal with: the absence of shooting guard Dwyane Wade.
Wade is reportedly taking time away from the team to deal with an important family issue.
Dwyane Wade is missing time from the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to attend to a “family emergency,” according to a league source.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 26, 2018
Wade missed the Cavs bout on Friday night against the Indiana Pacers, a game where LeBron James dropped a triple-double in a 115-108 victory, and also a game where Wade would’ve had the chance to surpass Larry Bird on the all-time scoring list.
It was immediately obvious Wade would be missing some time after coach Lue excused the shooting guard from Friday morning’s shootaround due to ‘personal matters.’
Coach Lue says Dwyane Wade who was excused for a personal matter this AM at shoot around, WILL NOT be available tonight vs #Pacers. No timetable set on his return.
Lue says he spoke to Jose in regards to staying ready w/ Channing expected to get PT. #Cavs
— Allie Clifton (@FSOAllieOop) January 26, 2018
Wade has been having an average year for the Cavs in a reduced role compared to previous years, averaging 11.1 points and 3.7 assists in 23.1 minutes of play a night.
It’s unsure when Wade will be making his return to the team, but it’s looking likely that he’ll at least miss the Cavs game against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.