Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade to test free agency
Dwyane Wade is joining Miami Heat teammate LeBron James in opting out of his contract, meaning he will become a free agent Tuesday. Chris Bosh of the Heat is deciding whether he also will opt out.
Wade makes decision to become a free agent
Dwyane Wade has made his choice. Chris Bosh continues to mull his options.
Either way, free agency for the Miami Heat is shaping up as a circus.
Wade told Heat officials Saturday he is opting out of the final two years and nearly $42 million in his contract, and will become a free agent Tuesday — the same decision superstar LeBron James revealed four days earlier.
Also Saturday, Heat forward Udonis Haslem said he will not pick up his $4.6 million option for next season.
But forward-center Bosh is still weighing his options, agent Henry Thomas told The Associated Press, after a miscommunication earlier Saturday suggested Bosh was already sold on the idea of opting out.
“Chris has not decided yet,” Thomas said.
The decisions by James, Wade and Haslem are considered by some observers to be good for the Heat, since those three moves alone free about $45 million in what would have been salary Miami was committed to paying next season. If Bosh opts out, that figure rises to $66 million, and the idea of not having that sum locked into the books gives Miami flexibility to lure its stars back into new deals — plus have enough money left to make roster upgrades.
Bosh, James and Wade have been together with the Heat for four years, and have been to the NBA Finals in each, winning the title twice.
James and Wade could be wooed by plenty of suitors. James has already been mentioned as a target of the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago, Houston — and, of course, the Cleveland Cavaliers, his team for his first seven pro seasons.
Kidd, Bucks to meet
New Jersey coach Jason Kidd wants to be in charge of basketball operations for the Nets, who declined to give him more power.
According to multiple reports, Kidd — who has coached in the league for one season — will meet with Milwaukee Bucks officials about a possible executive position.
Wizards to keep Miller
The Washington Wizards will keep 38-year-old guard Andre Miller for another season.
Miller’s agent, Andy Miller, said he has been notified by the Wizards the team will guarantee his client’s contract for $4.6 million in 2014-15.
Sparks prevail in OT
Kristi Toliver and Candace Parker scored five points each in overtime to give the Los Angeles Sparks a 92-89 victory over host Tulsa.
Nneka Ogwumike scored a team-high 22 points for the Sparks.
Skylar Diggins led the Shock with 29 points.
Majestic Harbor wins
Seattle native Tyler Baze rode Majestic Harbor to victory in the $500,500 Gold Cup at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
Majestic Harbor, a 6-year-old trained by Sean McCarthy, beat Clubhouse Ride by 6¼ lengths in the Grade I race that previously was run at Betfair Hollywood Park before the Inglewood, Calif., track went out of business in December.
Majestic Harbor ran 1¼ miles in 2 minutes, 1.53 seconds and paid $30.80 to win.
Game On Dude, favored at 4-5 after winning two Gold Cups at Hollywood, chased a torrid pace set by Fury Kapcori and faded to fourth in the field of seven.
Meanwhile, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable ($2.10 to win) romped by 9¼ lengths in the Grade I Mother Goose for 3-year-old fillies.
Track and field
Francena McCorory, who runs much of the race with her eyes closed, edged Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross to win the 400 meters at the U.S. championships in Sacramento, Calif.
McCorory’s time of 49.48 seconds was a career best and the fastest in the world this year. Richards-Ross’ time was 49.66.
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