Jul 7, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh went on ESPN Wednesday morning and made it official — they are both going to be playing for the Miami Heat next season.
There was nothing else shocking in their interview, but they confirmed things already suggested in the media.
Like that Wade seriously considered playing for his hometown Chicago Bulls. However, once he took his emotions out of the equation the key for him was Bosh.
“But it came down to Chris, and his decision to come here… unfortunately it did not work out, but Chicago still has my heart,” Wade said of his hometown.
Both men said that with the two of them — and whatever players are brought in — they expect to be able to compete for titles immediately.
Both men said there would be no changing their decisions (they cannot sign deals until tomorrow), but both also danced around questions of years and money. Wade could take a six-year max deal in the $120 million range. Bosh could get the same thing if Toronto agrees to a sign-and-trade deal. If not, his max deal could only be five-years and a little under $100 million.
That is, unless LeBron James comes to Miami with them. Then they might all have to take a pay cut to play together.
Wade played the LeBron situation politically correct — that he’d love to play with James but said James has to make his own decision. Wade said this was about him and Bosh.
“This opportunity for Chris and I to team up, (for me) to team up with someone of his caliber as a basketball players, was too good,” Wade said.
Bosh was candid in saying he enjoyed he free agency process, but that this was the best decision.
“I wanted to choose the best decision for me and my family and this was the best situation for me,” Bosh said.
There was nothing new or terribly interesting in their first public statements — they hit their talking points and stuck to the script like rehearsed pros.
But they made it official — tomorrow Wade and Bosh will sign with the Miami Heat. And suddenly that franchise is back to being a potential contender.
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