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HEAT GETS TWO-THIRDS OF FREE AGENT TRIFECTA

DAVIE - Dwyane Wade's future was muddled and uncertain, until Chris Bosh told him where he wanted to spend the next few years.

"I'm feeling Miami," Bosh said.

Those three words were all Wade needed.

Will they be enough to sway LeBron James to Miami?

Wade and Bosh announced Wednesday they'll sign with the Heat, giving it two of the top three players who comprise the biggest free agent class in NBA history. Wade, Bosh and James have talked about playing together. Tonight, James will say if it will happen.

Wade told the Heat that for him to re-sign, it had to add James or Bosh.

"It had to be one or the other," said Wade, whose decision came down to Miami or his hometown Bulls. "Of course, there's a lot of talented players in this league. But you want to look at players that complement my game, and Chris and LeBron are two of those guys."

Last season, 6-foot-4 Wade, 28, averaged 26.6 points for Miami while the 6-10 Bosh, 26, averaged career bests of 24 points and 10.8 rebounds for Toronto.

"I expect us to compete for a championship," Bosh said. "I think both Dwyane and I, we both wanted an opportunity where right away we would be competing. We're ready to sacrifice a lot of things in order to do that. It's not about the money. It's not about anything else except for winning. I'm a winner. Dwyane's a winner. We're going to bring winning to Miami."

Neither Wade nor Bosh know their contract terms. (The Heat is not allowed to comment until today, the first day contracts can be signed.) It's contingent on James' decision.

Wade said he doesn't know what it will be.

"I won't speak to him again until he makes his decision," Wade said. "And when it's over, I will congratulate him."

BOOZER TO BULLS: Forward Carlos Boozer has agreed to sign with Chicago, according to multiple reports. Several outlets reported it's a five-year deal. The Chicago Tribune reported the deal was worth $80 million, and the Bulls would still have enough room to offer a maximum salary contract to another free agent. Boozer, 28, averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds last season, his sixth with the Jazz and eighth overall.

ALLEN STAYS: Guard Ray Allen said he agreed to re-sign with the Celtics for $20 million over two seasons. Allen, who turns 35 this month, averaged 16.3 points last season. "It's obvious I don't want to be anywhere else," he said.

DURANT STAYS: Kevin Durant posted an update on his Twitter page saying he agreed to a five-year extension with the Thunder. The No. 2 overall pick in 2007 won the rookie of the year award. This past season, he was selected as an All-Star and averaged 30.1 points to become the youngest player to lead the league in scoring. Durant, 22, is signed through next season under his original rookie contract, which would pay him about $5 million. His spokeswoman said he will receive the maximum deal possible, $85 million over five years. It was unclear when the deal will take effect.

SALARY CAP: The cap for next season was set at $58.04 million, a slight increase from last season's $57.7 million. Teams were warned last year that the economic crisis could mean a cap of between $50.4 million and $53.6 million.

WARRIORS: Forward Ekpe Udoh, the No. 6 overall pick, won't play in the summer league because of a wrist injury. He was hurt during a workout Sunday, but neither the severity nor the length of his absence have been determined.

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