Bulls sign Dwyane Wade
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has signed guard Dwyane Wade. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced.
“We are thrilled that Dwyane has decided to come to Chicago,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “It’s not often you get the opportunity to add a three-time champion and 12-time All Star to your roster. We are delighted he has decided to become a Bull, as he provides a great veteran perspective on the court and in the locker room. He will be a tremendous fit with our team.”
Wade (6-4, 220) was a first-round selection (5th overall) by the Miami Heat in the 2003 NBA Draft and has played all 13 of his seasons in Miami. He leaves the Heat as the franchise leader in scoring (20,221 points), assists (4,944), steals (1,414) and games played (855), and also ranks second in blocks (759) and fourth in rebounds (4,126).
The Chicago native has been named an All Star in each of the last 12 seasons (nine-time starter) and was the MVP of the 2010 game. He has been to the playoffs 11 times with three NBA Championships under his belt (2006, 2012 and 2013) and was voted the 2006 Finals MVP. Wade has been named to the All-NBA Team eight times – 2005 (2nd), 2006 (2nd), 2007 (3rd), 2009 (1st), 2010 (1st), 2011 (2nd), 2012 (3rd) and 2013 (3rd) – and the NBA All-Defensive Team three times – 2005 (2nd), 2009 (2nd) and 2010 (2nd). He was unanimously selected to the All-Rookie First Team in 2004. Entering the 2016-17 season, Wade ranks 39th in NBA history for points scored with his 20,221.
Last season, Wade averaged 19.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.1 spg and 30.5 mpg in 74 games (73 starts). He led the Heat in scoring a team-high 33 times and assists 30 times. He also notched team highs of 67 games with double-digit scoring, 35 games with 20+ points and three games with 30+ points.
For his career, Wade has played in 855 regular season games (845 starts) with averages of 23.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.7 spg and 35.7 mpg. In his 11 years of postseason play, he has averaged 22.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.6 spg and 38.4 mpg in 166 games (166 starts). He ranks 11th on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list with 3,781 points, and his 166 blocks in the playoffs ranks first among guards.
Wade has represented his country on the USA Basketball Team two times, winning a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. Wade is involved in many philanthropic efforts through his Wade’s World Foundation, which has a goal of providing support to various education, health and family service programs, particularly those that benefit underserved communities.