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NBA: Chris Bosh likely to join Dwyane Wade in Miami; LeBron James to make announcement Thursday

July 7, 2010 |  8:49 am

A little more than 12 hours before NBA teams can start signing free agents, it looks like we finally have some answers concerning the destinations of a couple of the biggest names out there.

But the biggest free agent of all is going to make us all wait just a little bit longer before revealing his answer.

A person with knowledge of the decision confirmed with the Associated Press on Wednesday that Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh had decided to join Dwyane Wade, another All-Star free agent, on the Miami Heat.

According to the source, Bosh told Wade his decision, which was first reported by ESPN, was "definite."

An announcement was made Tuesday night concerning the future of mega free agent LeBron James -- kind of. ESPN revealed that the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar will announce which team he will play for next during an hourlong special on the network Thursday at 6 p.m. PDT.

James has been courted by the Cavaliers, Heat, Clippers, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets and Chicago Bulls.

Bosh and Wade could formally become teammates as soon as 9:01 PDT Wednesday, when the NBA moratorium on signing contracts expires. NBA teams cannot confirm contracts until that time, although players are allowed to agree to deals before then.

It is still unclear whether Miami will acquire Bosh through a simple free-agent signing or a sign-and-trade deal with the Raptors.

James was the No. 1 draft pick in 2003. Bosh went fourth and Wade fifth in the same draft.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Dwyane Wade. Credit: Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press.

Photo: Chris Bosh. Credit: Nathan Denette / Associated Press.

Photo: LeBron James. Credit: Elise Amendola / Associated Press.