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LeBron James invites Dwyane Wade to workout with Lakers, help mentor young guys next year

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LeBron James extended an invitation to Dwyane Wade to workout with the Lakers when he's retired next season.

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On Friday, Dwyane Wade played his final game against the Los Angeles Lakers, and coincidentally his last game against his longtime friend and former teammate LeBron James. However, while Wade will never play against the Lakers again, there’s reason to believe he’ll be around the team again soon.

Following his emotional matchup with Wade, James said that he’s already invited Wade to workout with the team at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo next season.

“I know when he’s done with this he’ll be around L.A. a lot next year,” James said. “I told him that no one likes to work out by themselves, so he can come to the practice facility any time he wants to and get workouts in. He can come help me with the young guys as well. So he’ll be around a lot more for me personally, which I love, that’s for sure.”

The Lakers have welcomed former players into the practice facility in recent years, and not just players that have suited up for the purple and gold. Chris Bosh, Wade and James’ former Miami Heat teammate, has been spotted chatting it up with his former agent, Rob Pelinka, at the practice facility this year.

Adding Wade, a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, to the already impressive list of names that the Lakers can reach out to would be invaluable to the organization and its young players like Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.

Who knows? He could even help mold the next generation of NBA superstars in Svi Mykhailiuk and Isaac Bonga, the Lakers’ own Wade and James. (Editor's Note: Good Lord Christian).

But any capacity Wade chooses to help in, assuming he takes James up on his offer, would be incredible, especially if he wore some purple and gold training gear while he did it.

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