Dwyane Wade to Sign With Chicago

by July 06, 2016
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The Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade are parting ways after 13 seasons.

Wade, 34, has reached a two-year deal with the Bulls.

All-Star Jimmy Butler and newcomer Rajon Rondo have been recruiting the future Hall of Famer to his hometown, and Chicago is shedding a pair of salaries in order to make room for Wade (though he’ll fall short of a desired $50 million contract.)

Per Yahoo:

Wade plans to return to his childhood home, where he idolized Bulls icon Michael Jordan as a young boy and moved on to become an All-American at Marquette and a 12-time NBA All-Star with Miami. […] Wade joins a reshaped Bulls lineup that will include Rajon Rondo at point guard and necessitate the move of All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler to small forward.

 

Acrimony over contract talks – and a feeling that the Heat no longer appreciated him – fueled Wade’s decision to leave Wednesday, league sources said.

 

After meeting with Miami owner Micky Arison on Wednesday in New York, the Heat were unwilling to add a third year to their contract offer to Wade, league sources said. The offer was comparable to Chicago’s, but Wade ultimately decided to leave the franchise with which he had become synonymous during a run for three championships that included partnerships with Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James.

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