Dwyane Wade Commits To 2-Year Contract With Chicago Bulls
“I’ve always envisioned myself being in the backyard, always had a Bulls jersey on, always envisioned Dwyane Wade’s name being called in the United Center. I get the opportunity to live that dream out…”
Born and raised in Chicago (Robbins, to be exact), moved to Miami (became a #HeatLifer) and now, D.Wade is returning home.
In a goodbye letter written to Miami, Wade decided Wednesday night to accept a two-year contract offer from the Bulls and return to his hometown. He thanked Heat fans in his opening remarks on the show, says he hadn’t slept in days while deliberating and even lost 5 to 10 pounds because he hadn’t been able to eat.
“I’ve been in Miami for 13 years, I mean 13 incredible years,” he said. “You get a week to decide what you’re going to do and I had no sleep. I lost probably five or 10 pounds just not being able to eat.”
In a decision that essentially started what will become a massive shakeup of the franchise, Wade decided Wednesday night that he will leave the Miami Heat after 13 seasons. He agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls and will earn about $47 million, instantly making him the highest-paid player on his new team – a distinction he never had in Miami.
He played for all three Heat title teams. He was the Finals MVP in 2006. He was a 12-time All-Star.
To create cap space to sign Wade, the Bulls plan to send guard Jose Calderon to the Los Angeles Lakers and send guard-forward Mike Dunleavy to the Cleveland Cavaliers, two people with direct knowledge of the those deals told USA TODAY Sports. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the discussions.
Wade joins a Bulls team that includes Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler, Robin Lopez, Nikola Mirotic, Doug McDermott, Bobby Portis and 2016 first-round draft pick Denzel Valentine.