WADE LEAVING HEAT FOR BULLS
MIAMI — Free agent guard Dwyane Wade is leaving the Heat to sign a reported two-year deal worth about $47 million with his hometown Bulls.
Deals couldn't be finalized before today.
In letter to Miami, Wade said Wednesday: "This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice. Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player. I have never forgotten where I came from, and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game."
Wade, 34, spent all of his 13 seasons in Miami and was never the Heat's highest-paid player. He is Miami's career leader in games, minutes, field goals, field goal attempts, free throws, free throw attempts, assists, steals and points.
Wade met with the Heat on Wednesday in New York, as well as the Nuggets and Bucks. Miami reportedly offered $40 million for two years, upping its offer after failing to land Kevin Durant; Wade wanted more money and a third year. The Nuggets reportedly offered $52 million for two years.
The Bulls dealt Jose Calderon to the Lakers and Mike Dunleavy to the Cavs to have the money to sign the 12-time All-Star.
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