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Free agent Bosh announces he'll join Wade with Heat

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

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Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade announced in a national television interview Wednesday that they have decided to team up in Miami.

What remains to be seen is if they can convince good friend LeBron James to join them, which would make the Heat one of the most star-studded teams in NBA history. James is announcing his decision Thursday night in Greenwich, Conn., in a news conference starting at 9 o'clock on ESPN.

Although James is the grand prize of this free-agent class, Bosh and Wade comprised the tier right behind him. For the Heat to land both of them is a major coup. The two are close friends, which appeared to be the biggest factor in Bosh's decision to pick Miami, where Wade has played his seven-year career. Bosh played his last seven seasons in Toronto.

Wade and Bosh talked throughout the free-agency period about playing together, and there was some thought that both would land in Chicago, Wade's hometown and where his children live.

It appears Wade just felt more comfortable staying with Miami, which he led to a championship in 2006 with Shaquille O'Neal. Bosh, an All-Star power forward, will be Wade's first superstar teammate since O'Neal was traded to Phoenix in 2008.

"Dwyane is a winner,'' Bosh told ESPN. "I'm a winner. And we're going to bring a winner to Miami."

But will they bring James to Miami? Both left the door open for him to join them. The Heat does not have room under its salary cap to give all three a maximum contract. Miami could get around that, however, if Bosh agrees to a sign-and-trade with Toronto.

They also could get around it if at least one of the players agrees to take less than the maximum. Bosh and Wade said Wednesday they are willing to be paid less if it meant they could play with James.

"Of course, we would love for LeBron to join Miami," Wade said. "Who wouldn't?"

Who wouldn't? Try the fans of the Knicks, Bulls, Nets, Cavaliers and Clippers, who are holding their breath and waiting for James' announcement.


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