Looks like Dwyane Wade has decided to leave the Miami Heat after all as he has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls via free agency worth $47 million.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical was the first to report of the said agreement between Wade and the Bulls that took place Wednesday night. The 34-year old native of Chicago, Illinois will join Jimmy Butler in a hope of bringing the Bulls back into title contenders. The contract also includes a player option on the first year making Wade eligible for free agency anew by 2017.
Wade’s decision mirrors that of his close friend LeBron James, who decided back in 2014 to head home to Cleveland and play once again with the Cavaliers. But in Wade’s case, this will be his move out of the Miami Heat, wherein he played for 13-years earning him three NBA Championship titles and one Finals MVP award.
Dwyane Wade has informed the Bulls he plans to sign a deal with them, sources tell @TheVertical. Bulls sending out contracts now.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2016
Prior to his decision to sign with the Bulls, Sportsnet reported that Wade met also with representatives from the Heat and teams that were in pursuit if his services namely the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks. As the Bulls prepares for Wade to sign the contract, they have first to unload Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy to get the space need.
Skeptics said neither Kevin Durant nor Dwyane Wade would be able to bear walking away at the moment of truth. And they BOTH did #thisleague
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 7, 2016
The Bulls are discussing with the Brooklyn Nets about Calderon’s contract while the team is still looking for any takers for Dunleavy. The move to sign Wade was a bold one for the Bulls as they have Butler and Rajon Rondo in the mix of the roster. It will bolster the Bulls chances of landing another NBA superstar by next summer’s free agency season.
It was reported that the Heat’s hesitation to match a similar offer from the Bulls trigger his decision to leave the franchise and move on. It was also noted that the Wade felt the Heat did not prioritize him when they went all out in re-signing Hassan Whiteside as Wade thought that Pat Riley was low-balling him with his offers.
Sources: Two players Bulls are calling everyone with space on: Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy. Those contracts get them toward Wade space.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2016
Now that he will wear the Bulls jersey, Wade hopes to make an impact on the team’s goals for the next season. Though they might not yet be a contender right away, but the Bulls will be one of the teams to look forward to. Wade brings with him an average of 19.0 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game aside from his leadership both on and off the court.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg will definitely have his work cut for him as he will try to design plays that will surely fit Wade and the rest of the Bulls when they hit training camp. For the Heat, Riley will try to fill in the void left by Wade as they try to build their franchise around Whiteside with the hope Chris Bosh will make it to the active roster next season.
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