Star free agent shooting guard Dwyane Wade has left the Miami Heat to sign with the Chicago Bulls on a two-year, $47.5 million deal. This ends a long time relationship between Wade and the Heat, as the veteran played all 13 years in the league in Miami.
Yahoo Sports reports in order to clear up enough salary-cap space for the player’s homecoming, the Bulls had to trade 3-point specialist, Jose Calderon to the Los Angeles Lakers and forward Mike Dunleavy to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This new deal allows Wade to return to free agency in 2017– if he chooses. The 34-year-old grew up in Chicago where he idolized the one and only Michael Jordan. He chose to stay close to the city when he went to Marquette where he was an All-American. The 12 time NBA All-Star has chosen to return to a Bulls team that has been perhaps the most active this free agency.
Wade joins a reshaped Bulls lineup that will include Rajon Rondo at point guard and will work in a three guard lineup with the expected move of All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler to small forward. The Bulls have been trying to reformat their team this off season with the trade of past MVP point guard Derek Rose and declining to resign free agent center Joakim Noah.
The talks with the Bulls had begun to escalate Wednesday night (July 6), when the Heat made it clear they were unwilling to add a third year to their contract offer to Wade. The offer was comparable to Chicago’s, but Wade decided it was time to return home.