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NBA: Chris Bosh joining Dwayne Wade in Miami

Bosh, formerly of the Toronto Raptors, will take his power-forward skills to Miami, according to various media reports. As AP writes, “Bosh and Wade are friends, were Olympic teammates on the gold-medal team in Beijing, dined together at times during the free-agent interview process last week in Chicago and were part of that star-studded draft class in 2003 – Bosh went fourth, Wade fifth.”

“We want to build a dynasty,” Heat president Pat Riley had told fans entering free agency.

The Heat will also retain Wade, a free agent who was looking at other teams as well. The Florida team has more than $10 million in cap space to fill out their roster.

Bosh told ESPN why he turned down Toronto’s offer: “I wasn’t sure if LeBron was coming back … I wanted to make the best decision for me and my family.”


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Wade was asked how difficult it was to say no to Chicago’s offer (Wade is from Chicago). “It was one of the hardest decision I’ve had to make as a professional player. Chicago has my heart and my emotions…It came down to Chris and his decision to be in Miami.”

Last year for the Toronto Raptors, 26-year-old Bosh scored 24 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

With Bosh’s signing, all eyes turn to LeBron James, who has yet to make a decision. He said he will announce what team he’ll play for next season on Thursday night during a special one-hour ESPN special.

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