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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.

MORE Nba: Ray Allen, one of the league's greatest shooters who turns 41 on July 20, is considering a comeback, according to reports. His representatives reached out to the Warriors and Cavs. The guard retired in 2014.

ET CETERA

cycling: Belgian rider Greg van Avermaet won the first mountain stage of the Tour de France and also claimed the overall leader's yellow jersey in Le Lioran, France. The BMC rider whittled down a breakaway group then accelerated past Thomas De Gendt with 10 miles to go. Alberto Contador fell out of contention.

golf: Teen sensations Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson have won the past three LPGA majors, but they face tough competition as the U.S. Women's Open begins today (3 p.m., Fox Sports 1) at CordeValle, less than 100 miles south of San Francisco. The 156-player field has nine previous champions, including last year's winner, In Gee Chun.

NFL: Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, 31, is under investigation after being accused of punching his girlfriend's father at Browner's Pomona, Calif., home. Detectives will determine if there is enough evidence to seek an arrest warrant.

COLLEGES: Syracuse named ESPN producer and executive John Wildhack athletic director. He is a 1980 Syracuse graduate.

Times wires

Sports in brief 07/06/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 11:22pm]
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