Dwyane Wade will start at shooting guard for the Cavaliers to open the season while J.R. Smith will play off the bench, coach Tyronn Lue said Monda (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer).
Wade is leading the Cavaliers with 13.5 points per game this preseason. The 35-year-old has played 13 seasons in the NBA, four of which came with LeBron James in Miami.
Wade is also expected to run the point when starting point guard Derrick Rose rests, but most of his time will be spent complementing James and scoring.
While it has always been assumed that Wade was a ball-dominant player, when he first teamed up with James he became one of the best players in basketball at movement away from the ball. His ability to get to the basket and give James an open man made him a very dangerous weapon for the Heat.
As for Smith, the 32-year-old has spent a good portion of his career coming off of the bench so the change shouldn't be a big problem for him. He has started just 330 out of 880 games in his NBA career.