After spending his entire NBA career in Miami, Wade officially became a former Heat player Friday, when he inked the two-year deal with the Bulls.
Wade signed a two-year, $47.5 million deal that contains a player option he can exercise next summer. His signing continues a dramatic roster overhaul that began with the June 22 trade of Derrick Rose to the Knicks and continued with the free-agent departures of Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol and the trade of Mike Dunleavy.
Dunleavy’s move helped create the salary cap space needed to sign Wade, who joins fellow free-agent signee Rajon Rondo on a new-look roster that also features first-round pick Denzel Valentine. Two-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, who will shift back to small forward for Wade’s arrival, remains a centerpiece.
The Chicago native played 13 seasons in Miami, scoring more than 20,000 points and getting selected to 12 All-Star teams.
“We are thrilled that Dwyane has decided to come to Chicago,” general manager Gar Forman said of the 12-time All-Star in a statement. ” … He provides a great veteran perspective on the court and in the locker room. He will be a tremendous fit with our team.”