Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will team up with the Miami Heat, and await LeBron James's decision

Dwyane Wade has put big smiles on the faces of Heat fans, opting to remain in Miami. "I'm so glad it's over," Wade said of free agency.
Dwyane Wade has put big smiles on the faces of Heat fans, opting to remain in Miami. "I'm so glad it's over," Wade said of free agency. (Alan Diaz/associated Press)
By Associated Press
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Dwyane Wade had already decided that if he were to stay with the Miami Heat, he would have either LeBron James or Chris Bosh as a teammate.

He got Bosh.

He might get both.

Ending months of speculation, Wade and Bosh made their decisions official on Wednesday, saying their trip through the world of NBA free agency would end in Miami. Wade is staying, Bosh is coming, and now they're waiting -- like the rest of the league -- to see what LeBron James will do Thursday night when he unveils his plans in a special to be televised on ESPN.

"I'm so glad it's over," Wade said in an interview with the Associated Press. "I had to do what was best for me. And I know I did that."

Wade does not know what the terms of the next contract he'll sign with Miami will be, nor when he'll sign the paper. Bosh doesn't have terms of his next deal done either. It's all contingent on what James says Thursday night, and Wade insisted he knows nothing about what the two-time MVP will say or where he'll be saying it from.

"I won't speak to him again until he makes his decision," Wade said in the AP interview. "And when it's over, I will congratulate him. But I will be watching."

Either way, Wade is already thrilled with how free agency played out.

He, James and Bosh were the three kingpins of this long-hyped market, a trio of all-stars who came into the league together seven years ago and structured their last contracts just to hit the open market together this summer, the last under the current terms of the league's collective bargaining agreement.

They're going to need some help. Regardless of whether James comes to Miami, the Heat still has only four players currently in the picture for this coming season: Wade, Bosh, Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers.

-- BOOZER TO BULLS: A person familiar with the negotiations said Carlos Boozer is headed to the Chicago Bulls.

The person told the Associated Press that the two-time all-star forward agreed to a deal and is leaving the Utah Jazz after six seasons. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract doesn't become official until Thursday, did not reveal the terms.

CONTINUED     1        >

© 2010 The Washington Post Company