Reports: Bosh joins Wade in meeting
CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade met with the Chicago Bulls for a second time on Friday, but left the meeting without making a formal commitment to the Bulls, a source told ESPN.com's Chad Ford on Friday evening.
The 2½-hour meeting included the Bulls' front office, Wade and his agent Henry Thomas. Multiple reports said Chris Bosh joined the group for part of the meeting.
"Things are getting very interesting," Wade said after the meeting.
The same source told ESPN.com earlier on Friday that Wade went into the meeting leaning toward committing to the Bulls. After the meeting, Wade remains on the fence, according to the source.
It's going to take the weekend for everyone to think about what they want to do. This is not an easy decision to make and everyone thinks it is.” -- Dwayne Wade on free agent process
If Wade were to agree to join the Bulls, it could clear the way for fellow free-agent superstars Bosh or LeBron James to join Wade in Chicago. Wade was asked whether James will have any influence on what he does.
"We're both going to make our own decisions," Wade replied. "Of course, we're real good friends. But you know, we're on two different pages right now. He's in Cleveland. I'm in Chicago. We're doing two different things. I don't know.
"It's going to take the weekend for everyone to think about what they want to do. This is not an easy decision to make and everyone thinks it is."
The Bulls also met with Bosh on Friday evening and are scheduled to meet with James on Saturday in Ohio.
The Bulls felt positive coming out of the meetings with Bosh and Wade, a source familiar with the situation said.
"I'm done with my visits ... For now at least. I need some rest," Bosh tweeted late Friday night.
Wade had dinner with Bosh in Chicago on Thursday night and according to the source, one topic of discussion was the advantages of playing with the Bulls versus the Heat.
The source said Wade is unclear how the Heat, who currently have just two players under contract, will be able to build a championship contender around him given salary-cap constraints. While the Heat have the money to bring in one more max player (and possibly a second if they do a sign-and-trade), the team will have to fill the rest of the roster with minimum salary players.
The Bulls on the other hand, already have several key players including Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in place. If the Bulls can work out a deal to ship Luol Deng's contract out of town, they would have the funds to add James or Bosh to the puzzle, too.
Wade has multiple ties to Chicago -- a home and family, including his mother, a pastor whose church in the city was purchased for her by her son -- but has said repeatedly he would like to stay with the Miami Heat. However, he did structure his last contract for the opportunity to become a free agent for the first time.
The Heat are scheduled to meet with Wade again on Saturday in Chicago.
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Wade's morning sitdown with the Knicks lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes and Wade spoke with reporters as he was leaving the hotel.
"It was a good meeting, it was a real good meeting and I will say I'm intrigued," he said, declining further comment before driving away.
Beforehand, Wade got out of a black Suburban and told reporters he was "in a New York state of mind right now, so we'll see" how it goes.
Earlier in the day, he tweeted that he got up early for "Another day of pondering my future. ... Things are interesting to say the least."
Wade met the Bulls and New Jersey Nets on Thursday, plus heard from the Heat when free agency opened.
"So far, so good, very informative," his agent, Henry Thomas, said Thursday of the teams' pitches so far.
Nets head coach Avery Johnson was confident in the team's pitches to both Wade and Bosh, whom the team also met with Friday.
"We told our story. We showed our vision," a smiling Johnson said Friday after putting Nets rookies and free agents through a practice for an upcoming summer league. "We talked about how we already have some valuable assets and that's all you can do. We understand there is competition out there and at the end of the day those prospective free agents, they are going to do what is best for them and their families."
Wade is expected to return to Florida early next week and join Heat executive Alonzo Mourning for a Tuesday news conference about their annual Summer Groove, a fundraising weekend for youth programs and other charitable causes. Wade is expected to play in an all-star game as part of that weekend on July 18.
ESPN.com's Chad Ford and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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