Wednesday’s roundup: Wade headed to Bulls
Miami — Dwyane Wade is going home, making what he called “an extremely emotional and tough decision” on Wednesday night to leave the Miami Heat after 13 seasons and sign with the Chicago Bulls.
Wade will sign a two-year deal with the Bulls, one that will pay him about $47 million. Miami offered $40 million over two years for Wade to stay in the uniform that he’s worn his entire career, the one in which he was an All-Star 12 times, a champion three times and the NBA Finals MVP in 2006 when his rise to superstardom was just truly beginning.
And he’s taken that uniform off now for the final time.
“This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice for myself and my family,” Wade wrote in a letter to Miami, released to The Associated Press.
It ends a second consecutive summer of will-he-or-won’t-he talk and worry in Miami, which was able to keep him last summer after contentious negotiations led to a $20 million, one-year deal. The Heat spoke with him on Wednesday in New York in an effort to keep him, the same day that Wade also took meetings with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Denver Nuggets.
Whether Chicago ever got into the same room with Wade was unclear on Wednesday night. What was clear was that the lure of home — just as it was for Wade’s close friend LeBron James two years ago, when he left Miami to go back to northeast Ohio and rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers — was too strong this time to ignore.
“Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player,” Wade wrote in the letter. “My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Center. I have never forgotten where I came from and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game.”
Trade in works
The Mavericks are sending 2012 NBA slam dunk champion Jeremy Evans and cash to Indiana as Dallas prepares to wrap up several moves in free agency.
Two people with knowledge of the deal said that the trade was made to clear salary cap space for the Mavericks. One of the people said Dallas is making room to add center Andrew Bogut after agreeing to a trade with Golden State. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because trades can’t be official until league business resumes at 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday. The Evans trade was first reported by Yahoo Sports.
Dallas has also reached agreements with point guard Deron Williams and Golden State’s Harrison Barnes. The small forward, who agreed to a maximum contract at four years and $94 million, will become an unrestricted free agent when the Warriors renounce their rights to him to clear cap room for the addition of Kevin Durant.
Bogut is set to make $11 million in the final year of his deal. The Warriors had to trade him for salary cap reasons after persuading Durant to leave Oklahoma City and agreeing with the four-time scoring champion on a two-year, $54 million contract.
Evans, a small forward, played sparingly in his only season with the Mavericks, averaging 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 30 games. He spent his first five seasons in Utah.
It looks like Lakers guard Nick Young hasn’t learned much about fireworks safety from New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
TMZ Sports has posted a Snapchat video of Young holding up a firework in his hand as it explodes. TMZ says the video was taken at a Fourth of July party, and Young wasn’t injured.
The Lakers say they have no comment on it. Young’s agent hasn’t responded to a request for comment.
Part of Pierre-Paul’s hand had to be amputated last year following a fireworks accident.
The Rockets have agreed to terms with Nene on a one-year, $2.9 million deal, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press. The Brazilian averaged 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 57 games for the Wizards last season.
... Warriors signed rookie guard Patrick McCaw to a contract. McCaw was selected 38th overall in last month’s draft by Milwaukee before the Warriors bought his rights for about $2.4 million. McCaw averaged 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.98 steals per game in two seasons at UNLV.
... Guard Brandon Rush has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Timberwolves, the player’s agent said. He averaged averaged 4.2 points in 72 games for the Warriors last season.
... Clippers guard C.J. Wilcox will have surgery to repair a broken right hand on Friday.