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Dwyane Wade on Chris Bosh possibly joining Bulls: ‘That’s news to me’

A report surfaced this week indicating the Chicago Bulls may be interested in taking a run at Chris Bosh when the Miami Heat ultimately decide to cut him loose. Dwyane Wade, who obviously has a unique perspective on both the Bulls and Bosh, seemed somewhat surprised by the rumors.

Bosh has not played since last year’s All-Star break due to continuing issues with blood clots. Wade said the top priority should be his former teammate’s health and that it’s premature to speculate that far ahead.

“I play with the Bulls and I don’t even know that,” Wade said after Bulls’ shootaround Friday, via the Chicago Tribune. “That’s news to me, he’s one of my good friends. The biggest thing with Chris is … his health. He’s not even playing basketball right now. Basketball is something he loves and I’m sure somewhere in the back of his mind he would love to be able to do again but I know his steps and that moment is not here now.”

The original report from ESPN’s Marc Stein suggests the Heat will wait to release Bosh until after March 1 to ensure he’s unable to be on another team’s postseason roster. Stein adds it’s unlikely either way that Bosh plays this season.

That aside, what does Wade think of reuniting with Bosh in Chicago? A lot depends on his longtime friend’s health, Wade says, adding he hasn’t heard anything from Bosh.

“Things are said and things are done but at the end of the day as I’ve always said about Chris, I know Chris is worried about his health first,” Wade said. “He has a family that he loves and he wants to make sure that he’s as healthy and whole as he can be. But also he loves the game of basketball so when that day comes there are always going to be stories about guys where they have friends at. Everyone knows he a good friend of mine so that’s probably where you get some of that. But besides that, he hasn’t told me that.”