INDEPENDENCE: Dwyane Wade isn’t sure how to explain his on-court chemistry with LeBron James, but he boiled down their basketball relationship into the simplest of terms.

“It’s like peanut butter and jelly, man. We just go together,” Wade said Friday.

The two best friends were reunited Wednesday after playing together from 2010-14 with the Miami Heat, reaching four consecutive NBA Finals and winning two championships. But Wade said it is still hard for them to fathom that they are together again.

“Every time we walk by each other, we just look at each other and shake our head because it just doesn’t seem real,” Wade said. “It’s like, ‘How did this happen? How did we get here?’ We just start laughing every time we walk by each other. It wasn’t planned, it wasn’t expected, but when it happened, everything happened fast.

“It’s definitely cool, it’s definitely good to have a friend here, somebody that you respect here.”

There were many circumstances that led to Wade signing a one-year, $2.3 million veteran’s minimum contract with the Cavs. Wade said he planned to stay with his hometown Chicago Bulls for at least a second season. Then they traded Jimmy Butler on June 22 and bought out point guard Rajon Rondo a week later, signaling the start of a youth movement.

Wade said James texted him two days after the Butler deal, James’ motives of luring him to Cleveland clear. More contact came soon after, with Wade saying James told him if the Bulls let him go, he would love for him to join the Cavs. News that Wade had agreed to a buyout surfaced Sunday, with Wade giving back $8 million of his $23.8 million salary for this season.

“All of us here, we want to be wanted by people,” Wade said. “I’ve seen from the beginning — this was before the [Butler] trade — that this was something that he wouldn’t mind happening. He knew I could help this team in some way. I appreciated that. It wasn’t the sole reason, but definitely everyone knows our relationship and that he’s a huge reason why I decided to come here. But this team is so good, you just want to be a part of something special like this.”

The circumstances that brought Wade to Cleveland go back further than that, back to the summer of 2014, when James and Wade flew home from Las Vegas together and James was about to announce his return to Northeast Ohio.

It had nothing to do with James rejoining the Cavaliers. Wade said he was happy for his friend.

“I was right there hugging him and saying, ‘Congratulations. Thank you for four years. Go be happy and have fun. I’ll see you when I see you,’ ” Wade recalled. “When a friend makes a decision that’s for them, you can’t hate on it. You have to support them. That’s true friendship. I never thought we would play together anyway. To get four years together was incredible.”

For Wade, his second chance with James was set in motion the year James left the Heat.

In 2014, James, Wade and Chris Bosh all opted out of their Miami contracts and told each other they had to make their own decisions. Bosh received a max deal from the Heat, Wade did not. Wade said that’s when his future plans began to change. When asked if he would be in Cleveland now if not for what transpired that summer, Wade said, “Probably not.”

Counting the financial sacrifices he made in Miami to play with Bosh and James and what he just surrendered to the Bulls, Wade said he’s “probably given back the most money in the NBA,” which he said is nearly $30 million.

With the Bulls, Wade, now 35, believed he was cashing in on what he was owed. Now he’s back to chasing championship rings.

There is still a big question about Wade’s role with the Cavs. In practice Friday, coach Tyronn Lue said Wade was the point guard on the second unit, just as he was in his first practice Wednesday.

Wade told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols for an interview that aired on The Jump, that he’s only come off the bench 11 times in his career and didn’t play well in any of those.

“It’s unchartered waters, so I can’t say what I would be OK with or not,” Wade told Nichols.

He was more diplomatic during his news conference.

“Me and Ty talked about role. We didn’t talk about starting or nothing like that,” Wade said. “Understanding that we have to get through training camp, we have to see how guys play together, we got to get through preseason. I’m not focusing on starting at the 2. I’m just focused on learning the offense, continuing to be one of the guys and figure that Ty ... will figure everything out.

“It’s everybody’s job that has on a Cleveland jersey to be ready and prepare for whatever he decides, and we’re deep. I don’t want to [pit] anybody against anybody. When we get to that point, he’ll let you all know. I don’t have nothing to do with it.”

Wade said he’s attended every NBA Finals since he was drafted fifth overall in 2003, including the Cavs’ Game 4 victory over the Warriors in June, so he could visualize what he wanted. He went on to win three titles in Miami.

“Been in five Finals and my whole life I’ve been in some big moments, so that’s what makes me alive,” Wade said. “You come into a basketball season and you just plan to play, I don’t like that feeling. You don’t feel like you can compete for a championship … I like to know it’s going to be a long season.”

He thought back to the 2012 playoffs, when the Heat faced the Indiana Pacers. Wade scored five points in a Game 3 loss and said everyone believed he was done. In the next three games, he scored 30, 28 and 41 points as the Heat closed out the Pacers and went on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Finals.

“I miss that. I miss being in my room not talking to nobody, feeling like the world is on my shoulders and then coming out and showing what I’m made of,” Wade said. “I haven’t had that in a couple of years. So getting an opportunity to be on this team and understanding — knock on wood everybody stays healthy — what we can accomplish, those moments are going to come. I look forward to it.”