NBA: Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade sign on with Miami Heat
Last Updated: 31/07/14 2:32pm
Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have signed new deals with the Miami Heat.
Bosh's new contract, worth $118m over five years, was confirmed late on Wednesday, some hours after Wade committed his future to the franchise on a shorter-term deal.
The deals ensure the Heat did not become a 'Big Zero' after LeBron James left earlier this summer to bring an end to the 'Big Three' era - all three players were free agents and rumoured at different times to be leaving Florida.
He has shown his commitment to the Heat many times over the course of his career and has always been willing to sacrifice in order to help build this team into a champion. This time is no different.
Riley on Wade
Miami also signed Great Britain star Luol Deng earlier this week to try and get back some of the scoring they lost when James signed for Cleveland earlier this month.
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"Dwyane has been the franchise cornerstone for this team since the day he arrived 11 years ago," Heat president Pat Riley said.
"He has shown his commitment to the Heat many times over the course of his career and has always been willing to sacrifice in order to help build this team into a champion. This time is no different.
“Chris Bosh is a two-time NBA champion and one of the skill set makes versatile big men in the league.
“His unique skill set makes him one of the best players in the game today. I’ve always felt he was committed to this organization, this staff and this city.
"I think he’s going to have the opportunity of a lifetime leading this team next season and having the nine-time NBA All-Star back in the fold was a big key for us. We are very blessed to have him.”